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Daemon
Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Nothing ever comes to me, that is worth having, except as the result of hard work.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)
Professor
Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 12:41:02 AM

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Daemon wrote:
Nothing ever comes to me, that is worth having, except as the result of hard work.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)


So true. Einstein said too, that, "Thinking is the hardest thing we do, that is why we do so little of it."


"Opportunity is often missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas A. Edison

"You reveal your character by what you do with what you have."
Mr. Maker
Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 2:40:25 AM

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I agree, Theodore Roosevelt also said something similar:

"I don't pity any man who does hard work worth doing, I admire him.
I pity the creature who does not work,
at whichever end of thee social scale he may regard himself as being."


"Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time." -Theodore Roosevelt
CheVegas ☁️ ✈ ☁️
Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 4:00:48 AM

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Next question: What is worth having?

I like Ben Franklin's take on it...

"There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means—either may do—the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier."

Personally, I'm sick of being a Consumer.
Bully_rus
Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 5:33:29 AM
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Daemon wrote:
Nothing ever comes to me, that is worth having, except as the result of hard work.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

As I perceive, self-made persons build up the USA as it is now for good or bad. "On Fortune’s cap we are not the very button" with few exceptions: the loved ones, friends and life itself.
Absurdicuss
Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 7:30:22 AM

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Daemon wrote:
Nothing ever comes to me, that is worth having, except as the result of hard work.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)




While some seem to glide along in a charmed bubble, indifferent and aloof carrying on as though their good fortune were the result of a natural, well deserved superiority, bestowed by fate.

"Now" is the eternal present.
Sarah McCreanney
Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 7:32:23 AM

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What is worth having.....
When your hard work bears fruit, the sense of self-worth is one of the sweetest and most worth having in my view.
mangezi
Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 7:49:49 AM

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Daemon wrote:
Nothing ever comes to me, that is worth having, except as the result of hard work.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)
And all that I strove to gather flies away like an unclipped bird the moment I put my weight on my seat.

I am not a genius. I am just a tremendous bundle of experience - Richard Fuller.
CheVegas ☁️ ✈ ☁️
Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 8:40:14 AM

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Sarah McCreanney wrote:
What is worth having.....
When your hard work bears fruit, the sense of self-worth is one of the sweetest and most worth having in my view.


So the answer is...an orchard?

Just kidding. Welcome to the TFD Forum Sarah!
Professor
Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 10:11:30 AM

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Sarah McCreanney wrote:
What is worth having.....
When your hard work bears fruit, the sense of self-worth is one of the sweetest and most worth having in my view.


Sarah, you are so right. I think it does not even need to bear fruit in the manner of a worldly consequence of your work, but rather it is what is important to you that gives you self-worth, esteem and reward.

"You reveal your character by what you do with what you have."
jcbarros
Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 3:31:59 PM

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And the sweetness of getting results effortlessly...?
Absurdicuss
Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 6:00:36 PM

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I work hardest at the thing I enjoy the most...play.

"Now" is the eternal present.
Trivium_Discipulus
Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 7:04:32 PM
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My first thought was that we often don't value what comes easy to us - even if that talent is a special talent. I don't have that many special talents - well, other than being focused more on truth and less on ego than most and the desire and ability to break down our completely criminal and fraudulent monetary system (yes, I am the life of the party, as you may have guessed ;-) - but my son has an incredible artistic talent that he would likely never use unless we dragged him off to art class every week. Setting aside short term selfishness to endeavor to create a "fruit bearing" value system is so much more difficult in reality than on paper.

I guess my son values his video game playing (what he "works" at) a whole lot more than his artistic talent (a chore to be done). The world we choose...

The best way to control the opposition is to finance it. Birds of prey have two wings; the left wing & right wing.
Vicki Holzknecht
Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 7:57:24 PM

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Anything I have was because of hard work, it wasn't because it was given to me. I have more respect for people who work hard to get where they are at than those who just inherit a family fortune.
Marguerite
Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 10:58:30 PM

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Amen to Chevegas: I, too, am sick of being a consumer. Consumerism is a trap: better to learn a trade, as Marcus Aurelius said: "love thy little craft, that you learned with your hands. Booker T. Washington would concur.
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