Construction workers from Landholdings Ltd demolishing part of the Vaka Shed to make way for the upcoming construction work on Empire Bridge. AL WILLIAMS/21082507
A strong work ethic involves upholding the values and goals of the company by performing your job to the best of your ability.
Hi ho hi ho it’s off to work we go, we dig dig dig the whole day through, to dig dig dig is what we really like to do. We dig, dig, dig, from morning to night we dig up diamonds by the score, we don’t know what we dig ‘em for, hi ho hi ho hi ho it’s home from work we go. The seven dwarfs work hard every day, with their shovel and picks where they can get rich quick. Despite all the jewels they find, they live simply in a small cottage sharing a room. So either they have a very high mortgage to pay or the money isn’t what brings them happiness it’s the work and camaraderie. The modern lyrics are I owe I owe so it’s off to work I go.
Steve Jobs worked tirelessly to develop
and run his Apple computers empire. As a creative genius he brought us to the
laptop, iPhones, iPads of today. He started small grew big, was fired from his
own company, returned to save his own company and died relatively young from
cancer. His last message was along the lines, ‘I wish I spent more time with my
family, having fun’. No one dies saying ‘I wish I spent more time in the
office’. There must be a line of balance between a strong work ethic and one’s
A strong work ethic involves upholding the
values and goals of the company by performing your job to the best of your
ability. It means focusing on completing assigned tasks on time. An employee
with a strong work ethic is professional in attitude and appearance they are
reliable, dedicated, productive cooperative and self-disciplined. These people
are usually not the norm and easy to spot at work.
It’s not just the work force, for anyone
who dreams of being famous, there is no escaping hard work in sports and
entertainment. The movie Elvis starring Austin Butler directed by Baz Luhrmann highlights
Elvis performing show after show night after night in Las Vegas after being
‘caught in a trap’ he couldn’t get out – because he trusted his manager too
much – maybe. Over his short and infamous life – Elvis died aged 42, he sold more
than a billion records worldwide. He had 18 number one hits in 13 years with five
in one year alone. He made 23 studio albums, eight live albums, he recorded
about 700 songs and starred in 31 feature films and two concert documentaries.
The work ethic displayed by Elvis is
replicated in real life by the actor who spent virtually every day over 1.5
years rehearsing and researching all he could about the man and how to be Elvis.
Not only is this evidence of his passion, dedication, loyalty and commitment to
the role but it’s reflected in his onscreen performance, catapulting Butler
into the spotlight as an overnight sensation. Russell Crowe from Gladiator
remarked: “It takes 15 years to become an overnight success.”
The same is true of sports on the world
stage. Watching top performing athletes, it looks easy, what isn’t seen is the
work ethic endured in training to put them there.
Usain Bolt’s dad advised him “you can have
anything you want, just work hard and be dedicated and you will be fine”. Over
his career of 20 years, Bolt achieved eight Olympic gold medals, 11 world
championships golds, two silver and one bronze medal as well as 19 Guinness
World Records, and has a net worth of around US$90 million. He is one of the
highest paid individuals in sport but it didn’t happen overnight. A top Olympic
athlete will spend four years training to improve by a fraction of a second or
metre as their reward.
At the World Athletics Championships in
Eugene, Oregon, United States, there are over 200 countries represented and
over 2000 athletes. No one turns up to these events without a good work ethic.
Every athlete seen on the world stage
shows the spectator their destination, not the journey they have endured. They
have run the hills and paid the bills juggled work, school, family,
relationships with their training. They have remained focused and steadfast and
they have made it here.
Despite honest, hard work, dedication and
prayers it doesn’t always go according to plan. There are injuries, mishaps, false
starts and technicalities that can prevent an athlete from reaching their goal
despite them truly deserving it.
Some can see these as failure. Falling in
a race is not a failure if you get back up, and try again, a good work ethic
always delivers the athlete to achieve their potential.
Most nominees for our elections have not demonstrated
a strong work ethic. Vote for those who want to work, not work only when they