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The saying, “Choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life” has been attributed to everyone from Confucius to 1980s motivational speaker Harvey Mackay. And while the authorship of the quotation remains in question, there’s one thing I’m sure of—whoever wrote it didn’t know what they were talking about.
Work is often hard. Work is often challenging. Work always involves effort. That’s why it’s called work. The French and Spanish words for it, travail and trabajo, even trace their origins to the Latin word for torture, trepaliare!
Yet despite work being hard and involving effort, millions of Americans take pride in, and even love what they do for a living. I know I do and it’s because my job is hard.
Every day at work I face challenges. But I see those challenges as opportunities for me to become better at what I do. And when I meet those challenges head-on, when I do everything in my power to become better at my job, I am filled with pride. The love of my work comes from that pride.
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