This is the second article out of 10 about "10 things you can do that require zero talent to improve your life". If you would like to read the intro to the series click here: Ten things that require zero talent to improve your life.
Have you ever heard someone talking about someone you know and they said, "so and so has a great work ethic!"? Well what is “work ethic”? dictionary.com defines it as, “a belief in the moral benefit and importance of work and its inherent ability to strengthen character.” If you are religious the term may also bring to mind a verse like 2 Thessalonians 3:10 which says, “For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.” Even if you are not religious this is a common term used everyday to describe someone who is known to be a hard worker, willing to put in extra time, doesn't complain, and doesn't shy away from the tough jobs.
When you hear someone being describes as having a good work ethic usually they are also dependable, trustworthy, and show up on time. They don't spend all their time around the water cooler gossiping or on YouTube 2 hours a day. They are the workhorses their boss knows they can depend on. So why is it so important to have this characteristic?
But how do you develop a strong work ethic if you struggle with some of these characteristics from the first paragraph? The good news is its not astrophysics it just takes some self-discipline, commitment, and don't forget to mix in some grit and long hours. So how do you become known as having a strong work ethic?
These characteristics aren't hard to develop but that doesn't mean they’re not hard to do. They do take commitment and discipline but it will pay off if you dedicate yourself to developing a strong work ethic.
Matt King, Co-founder