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Hard Work & Hard hands
By Carl ToersBijns, former deputy warden, ASPC Eyman, Florence AZ
Published: 06/10/2013

Hardhand “Hard-working Americans are increasingly faced with workplace conditions in which critically important safeguards are watered down, emerging problems are ignored, and enforcement is scaled back.”

To many people, hard work is another dirty word. In my own experience in the last forty years I have found hard work to be a worthy challenge and once conquered mentally, easier to overcome than many realize. The truth is many more people will go the easy route and avoid hard work these days. After all, it’s the easier of the two choices before you. Why wouldn’t you join those lazy people and do the opposite.

Separating yourself from the horde of people wanting to be lazy is a much tougher challenge than anticipated. Tackling hard work is tough but in the long run, it pays off. Certainly, one must be prepared to make sacrifices but in order to get the competitive edge you need to be successful; you must dedicate yourself to hard work and persistent self-satisfaction or order to feel the rewards of such self-discipline and perseverance.

Strong challenges often result in strong results. Not working with luck but rather opportunities opens the door to find better ways of self improvement and self development towards your goals of being a successful worker and not a fluke. Disciplining yourself along the way is very important. Your willingness to do something that is difficult is the key to personal achievement. One of the comforts of knowing you did some hard work is the feeling that it is universal and you are not alone. There are many hard working people out there that don’t by-pass easy street and dig in for the long run and looking for long term results.

Whether you are working full-time or part-time the challenge is to force yourself to excel and do better every time you are faced with a challenge. Working hard with little pay is disappointing but could very well be the catalyst that takes you on a new journey where the money is commensurate with the energy and self discipline you demonstrate to your employers and ultimately reap the rewards of your hard work by getting a raise or a better position.

It has been demonstrated that the harder you dig in the more potential you reveal as more opportunities will come about offering you new challenges based on your past record of being a strong asset to the organization. Taking this approach of working hard pays off for those that accept the fact there are no easy ways to get success fast and easy. Hard work builds self-esteem and confidence. It is a formula for setting goals, making plans and achieving what you envision to be your ultimate challenge in life.

In the end hard work is about acceptance. Accepting the fact that anything less is not satisfying and doesn’t fulfill your own personal ambitions, desires and goals. Never fear hard work and you will find the key to success as you reach a whole new level in your life.

Corrections.com author, Carl ToersBijns, (retired), has worked in corrections for over 25 yrs He held positions of a Correctional Officer I, II, III [Captain] Chief of Security Mental Health Treatment Center – Program Director – Associate Warden - Deputy Warden of Administration & Operations. Car’s prison philosophy is all about the safety of the public, staff and inmates, "I believe my strongest quality is that I create strategies that are practical, functional and cost effective."

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