What can we learn from hard workers?
Think of someone you admire who is a hard worker. Somebody you
know, somebody famous, a historical figure, religious leader, etc.

• How can you see that this person values the principle of work?
• Why do you admire this person?
• What other desirable traits does this person possess?
• How does their work ethic relate to their other desirable traits?
Attitude—Not Necessarily Job Itself—Is Important
What tasks do you not like to do? Type list here.
“Seven years ago, Ann Clynick started a babysitting service in her home to stave off the prospect of having to get a full-time job outside her home.

With four toddlers at home and one child in school at the time, and financial burdens pressing on the family, she said the question wasn’t whether she would work or not, but only what kind of work she should do.

While the plan solved [the problem of being home with her children], it soon created another.

‘I hated it,’ she said. ‘I found myself working 60 hours a week taking care of other people’s children. I never babysat as a teenager. In fact, I didn’t enjoy being with children, other than my own. And I resisted the situation more because I felt I was being forced into it. It was discouraging.

‘But I couldn’t quit and I wouldn’t go out to work.’

For the first two years, she simply suffered through each day, trying to sandwich multiple diaper changes between housecleaning and cooking, along with the challenge of channeling the energies of 10 children—her own and six others.

‘One day I read an article by a General Authority telling of a man who visited a scrub woman who had the boring task of scrubbing a set of stairs … every day.”

‘When the woman complained about the monotony of her life, the man explained that if he had the job he would try to make it more interesting by finding out everything about it. …”

‘What that story did to me was make me realize that it’s your attitude toward what you do that is important, not necessarily the job itself,’ said Sister Clynick.

‘From that time on, I decided to learn everything I could about taking care of children.’ … She enrolled in [many] classes. … She now has her program so developed that she has a full curriculum for the children planned a year in advance. There is a waiting list for her services.

‘So what has happened is that in the past seven years, I feel I’ve been able to do something that I hated and was boring, just by changing my attitude,’ Sister Clynick said.

‘I’ve learned things, I’ve grown and I enjoy what I do.’”

(John Forster, “Attitude—Not Necessarily Job Itself—Is Important,” Church News, 29 May 1982, p. 12)