Do The Work

Do the Work

Work in motion.


“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” — Thomas Edison, inventor

“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”  — Thomas Jefferson

“Developing a good work ethic is key. Apply yourself at whatever you do, whether you’re a janitor or taking your first summer job because that work ethic will be reflected in everything you do in life.” —Tyler Perry

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” — Conrad Hilton

“Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.” — Calvin Coolidge

“Don’t be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don’t let others discourage you or tell you that you can’t do it. In my day I was told women didn’t go into chemistry. I saw no reason why we couldn’t.” ­ —  Gertrude B. Elion



We desire great outcomes in our lives but there is always a price to pay to achieve the desired outcomes.  Universal laws work perfectly. Energy has to be applied to change our states to another level.  

Once we reach another level or state there is also energy that needs to be applied to keep it at that level. We have to decide and make our own decision on what work and energy we want to apply in the day.

What activities we want to do and what are our key priorities. Energy is finite and we have to use it wisely and optimally.

Bird chirping outside my window

There is a bird that chirps outside my window at 6.30 am sharp every day without fail. Birds are genetically programmed to start their activities as soon as dawn breaks.

They do this without fail each and everyday of the year and give us that delightful sound that we take for granted. They do the work and show up each day without fail.

Other examples of energy/work application

The Human Body

Our bodies need nourishment. We need to eat food, which is converted to glucose that fuels our body energy needs. Without food and water, we usually perish within 5 to 10 days.

We have to eat and drink constantly for our entire life cycle. This is the price we pay to survive and live. The human body is a complex system made of many other sub systems. We have the urinary, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, reproductive, muscular systems etc.

To ensure these body systems are functioning well blood has to circulate throughout the body. It carries the necessary oxygen, nutrients that are required, it also carries out waste disposal, disease fighting activities. These all require energy to perform optimally.

Thus, we cannot avoid doing the work to eat, exercise and rest to ensure the body is at it’s most optimal state each and every day.

Bee and Ant Colonies

Animals in nature also provide perfect examples for us. Bees and ants live in colonies. Duties in the colonies are divided, there are three key roles in a colony; reproduction, nurturing and defence.

The queen bee/ant’s key role is to reproduce, the soldiers are there to protect and defend the colony, while the worker bees/ants look for food and bring it back to the colony to sustain the rest of the colony.

The worker ants also carry out general cleaning and maintenance tasks for the colony. These animals go about their duties relentlessly each and every day. They only rest at night and start all over again the next day.

This is the only way these species have managed to survive and propagate themselves to all continents in the world.


Communities, organizations and nations are also complex systems. Our lives are also built around units that build up from the lowest units of nuclear families, villages, small town communities all the way to nation states

Organizations from churches, associations, clubs, cooperatives, public entities and private business organizations exist within this modern set up of our communities.  They also have hierarchies and structures where roles and duties are split among the members.

The most vibrant communities, nations and organizations ensure that key roles are always manned and functional at any given period of time. Each individual has a purpose and role to play that contribute to the overall purpose and objectives of the colony.

Leaders set strategy and direction, operation and production departments ensure good and services are delivered, marketing and distribution departments ensures these goods and services reach their intended targets, human resources attend to the worker needs etc.

Application of the Principle

If we use the same example and apply it to our professions and careers there is where we get unstuck. Our careers, professions, businesses and relationships deserve the same daily constant attention.

When we neglect to apply this focus and attention they also die gradually.We need to do the work each day and deliver our products and services each day.  We need to apply the necessary energy to achieve our desired outcomes.

We cannot avoid doing the necessary work each and every day.

Attention and focus

How do we do it? Calibrate our attention and focus carefully. Where do we apply our focus? Structure our days carefully. That is how we ensure we achieve our aims and goals.

We have to know our key priorities and stick to them like glue. It requires discipline and focus applied on a daily basis

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