The debate continues around the water cooler: Is “Work Ethic” derived from nature or nurture?
Whatever the answer, I do know that everyone experiences highs and lows when it comes to our jobs, passions and ambitions.
Inspired work ethic breaks slumps and gives our dreams the vehicle that takes them to great heights.
My husband always jokes that when we’re out for a power walk together, without realizing it, I quicken my pace when I talk about work; eager to get back to my desk and give the same forward motion to new ideas and projects.
In other moments, I feel drained from the computer screen. Nothing can make me put myself in front of the keyboard at times, which really stalls my creative juices. My inbox looms, grows heavier, demanding my attention.
So where can we look for inspiration when we’re not feeling in the zone?
It’s hard to complain about work when earth’s industrious creatures never slack off. From the beaver who, despite its size, takes down the tallest of trees and continues to gnaw the trunks into sections, to the spider who is forever spinning after each storm or external force that destroys their artful architecture.
“Every time you stay out late; every time you sleep in; every time you miss a workout; every time you don’t give 100% – You make it that much easier for me to beat you.” -unknown
Nothing makes me want to dig in more than being encouraged by the hard work of someone I admire, who puts everything into what they love to do.
Whether it’s bred through nature or nurture, work ethic can never be completely silenced, whispering to us at times, but always present. It pokes at us in multiple moments; whether you’re a beaver, spider or homosapien.
Nature demands it of us all.