“Wherever you land on the spectrum of these various schools of thought, know this for certain, the greater your willingness to work hard, to invest in yourself and others, to dig in with grit and personal sacrifice, the greater are your chances for success, liberty, freedom and independence.” J Loren Norris
How important is work ethic? There are really three schools of thought on the question of work ethic.
School #1 Work Ethic is KING or QUEEN
This school of thought basically extols work ethic, grind, hustle, persistence, hard work or even grit as the primary driver and indicator of success. The majority of people who hold this view are hard working, blue color (and some white color), “self made” Superstars. Many are soldiers, entrepreneurs and self employed. They may not own or operate a huge corporate structure, but what they have, they built from the ground up through blood, sweat, tears, and significant personal sacrifice.
School #2 Work Ethic is a thing of the past
Many people who have grown up in the mostly digital age, have seen “overnight successes”, YouTube millionaires, Instagram Celebrities, Social Media influencers and Professional Gamers who are global sensations and incredibly wealthy at an early age with limited education or life experience. Several are still young enough to live at home, they bear no expenses for living and spend their earnings extravagantly. The other end of this same school of thought are the millions who believe “everything should be free.” Free healthcare for all, free college for all, advanced degrees, rent, student loans and more, someone else should be responsible to pay for that, after all, “I didn’t ask to be born.”
School #3 Work Ethic Doesn’t Always look like work
Manual labor versus executive leadership has always been a noticeable divide. While some in the management realm are leaders because they were handed the reigns due to bloodline alone, it is not always the case. Many who now sit at the helm started off at the bottom. They applied work ethic, grind, hustle, persistence, hard work and grit as the primary driver to their success. They also reached a point where they understood their greater contribution was in the THINKING areas of strategy, tactics, negotiations, idea generation and leadership. They are not opposed to hard work or manual labor, they simply understand the need for both hard labor and laborious thinking. They likely realize certain among them are better suited for one style of hard work over the other.
“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.” Henry Ford
Wherever you land on the spectrum of these various schools of thought, know this for certain, the greater your willingness to work hard, to invest in yourself and others, to dig in with grit and personal sacrifice, the greater are your chances for success, liberty, freedom and independence. THAT IS A GLOBAL AND UNIVERSAL TRUTH and any government structure which prevents, discourages, deters or disincentivizes such choice of behavior is corrupt at best and committed to enslaving people for political power at worst.
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Insuperable Vision Workshop - Audio Download
Insuperable Vision Workshop - Audio Download with worksheets
Day after day I meet people who are struggling just to make ends meet. They are adrift in this vast sea of humanity holding on to their job, their family, their home, and their car with all they've got. They see their life experiences and education as the last hope to find their purpose and identity. They gather, fill and stuff all the money they can into every opportune investment. Yet they are empty, frustrated, angry and just plain fed up.
We have all experienced that moment; when we find yourself stuck in traffic, yelling at random strangers to do what they wish they could... but can't... GO!
The idea that life can be better than it is today is like the flame of a candle fighting for all its worth to stand against the tempest.
We all want a better life.
Even when life is good, we want more.
That idea, that flame, is the hope that lives in the hearts and minds of all of us. Should that flame be extinguished, hope itself may well go with it. It is the rut of hopelessness that traps many would be shining stars and buries that glow from the sight of the world. It is the rut of hopelessness that extinguishes that flame.
Lives that would have been a beacon to the wandering are lost at sea themselves. Inspirations of success that would have been the voices crying out to all who suffer are hidden away in their own stale lives, they cannot share who they are or what the world needs from them.
It is my passion to help you find your purpose. I want to see you become successful, but more than that to be free!
Without vision people perish.
Without vision, we seem to be lost, mind numb robots following the herd into the abyss that is everyday life. We do not live intentionally without a vision for our future. We do not live passionately without a vision for our future. We do not live productively without a vision for our future. We certainly cannot lead without a vision for our future and a vision for the future of those we lead.
This audio course will inspire and instruct you to create a vision which will become a significant driving force in your life.