I believe in hard work. Being a teenager I think it might be a little unusual to hear, “I love hard work.” Hard work to me does a number of excellent things. Hard work builds character, allows guilt free fun time, earns you money, and can make an individual a well respected man or woman. Hard work isn’t always fun, however, it always balances itself out when your work is done and it is time to play.
I think it is very safe to say that hard work runs through my blood. My great grandfather “Grand Pere”, my grandpa Allan, and my dad have without a doubt been the hardest workers I have ever seen. My great grandfather bought a hotel in San Francisco, fixed it up, and owned a hotel business for most of his years. He worked his best at keeping the hotel up to par and ended up a successful man. His son, my grandfather, took on the business owning and working long stressful hours at the desk. By spending money wisely and putting most of his time and effort into the hotel and family, he earned a very happy and proud lifestyle as a grandfather and father. My dad, I would say, is the hardest working man I know. He owns his own building business and works incredibly hard at keeping his business alive. He wakes up early every morning and arrives at home just in time for dinner. His job is very stressful on him, however, his hard work is paying off and will pay off even more in the long run.
About five years ago my friend Justin and I started a yard work business in our neighborhood mowing lawns for $4 a lawn. During the summer when our friends were out playing, we worked very hard and long, back then we made enough money to feel rich and proud. From then to around two years ago, I occupied my weekends by working random jobs around people’s yards. Then two years ago I started my job at Knicker Knob horse stables. For a year, I worked making only about $70 ($2 a stall) for five days a week. As time went, Jessica (my boss/friend) gave me more jobs around the barn and before long my payment got bigger as my work got harder. I then found myself working seven days a week cleaning, moving hay, filling water, and doing other random jobs about 2-3 hours a day. “Where there is hard work there is reward” says myself. The reward, being the money, brought me back every day.
My job at the barn is helping my future in several ways. It has helped me narrow down my choices of jobs as a career. I discovered that in my future I will most likely have a job that requires physical work. My job at Knicker Knob also will be a good item to put on any job resume. It will show that I can keep a job, am a hard physical worker, and know a number of things about outdoor skills. I have come to realize that hard work is your friend and it always feels good to finish a job. Also “if you work hard, you play hard!”
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