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Work is a virtue used in everyday life whether one realizes it or not. The ability to have an effective work ethic is immensely important in a successful life. Hard work builds character and at times, can be source of humility too. Work makes people feel they have a sense of purpose and can provide one with satisfaction and self-accomplishment. If the product turns out well, it can often lead to a sense of pride too. As humans we feel a great joy of completion, when a job is done well. As phrase goes, “I poured my blood, sweat, and tears into it.” Explains the dedication one endures when working hard. Work is a virtue because in order to get things finished one must sacrifice and be disciplined to complete it.

In my life I sacrifice every day to complete things. For example, completing my academic coursework requires a lot of self-discipline and hard work.  I am sacrificing my time by working hard on coursework, so it gives me the skills to be successful post DeLaSalle.. At times, I might rather be spending my time doing more enjoyable things, but I know in the long run I will come out ahead.  Life has shown me that happier people in life are the ones that work hard and enjoy what they do. An individual may have everything monetary, but if they have not worked hard – deep down they’re missing the virtue of fulfillment from work. Knowing you stopped at nothing to do your best on a project and was successful at it, is an amazing feeling!

William J Bennett’s Book of Virtues touches the fact that we must practice and put forth the effort to achieve our greatest desires. Stated by Bennett, “Give yourself an even greater challenge than the one you are trying to master and you will develop the powers necessary to overcome the original difficulty.” (Pg. 1) This passage represents the importance of enforcing work in one’s life. It introduces the idea of shooting for the highest, so one may attain their initial wish. If work is a virtue enforced in one’s life, they will fulfill their goals and aspirations.


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