My Take: Work Ethic Matters


Through the years that I have been in college, I have realized one big thing: your work ethic is what makes or breaks you.

It’s easy to say, “I’m going to get a 3.5 GPA and no less” or “I’m going to study my mind out and make all As.” It’s harder to put those words into actions. This is advice from someone (me) who understands the ugly side of academics but who also understands academic achievements.

The transition from high school is not always pleasant; in fact, in most cases, the first semester is the worst for students. After students get the hang of things they start to develop good study habits, they start to manage time more efficiently and they keep better track of their schedules. Unfortunately, some students don’t get the hang of this and fall behind.

Not failures, but adversities

School is stressful and at times discouraging, but that’s life. Some people call these struggles failures or embarrassments, but I like to call them “adversities.” The way you get through adversity says a lot about your character and work ethic.

The amount of work someone is willing to do to get out of a slump can speak volumes to all the right people, but it’s not all about that. It’s about bettering yourself now as a student so that later down the road you have that same fire from within as you did as a student.

Be disciplined

It’s not easy. In fact, it’s hard, and it requires a lot of work. But the work is worth it. There will always be adversities, whether through work, family or friends. A great work ethic requires self-discipline, self-respect, desire and a purpose. If you know you should be studying but some friends want to go out, be able to say no and stick with your study.

What is your purpose?

When going through adversity it is easy to feel worthless or helpless, but remember you are much greater than that. We all play an important role in life, whether we realize it or not. Decide what your purpose is. Why do you want to be better? What is driving you to do your best? Find that purpose and never let it go.

Having a good work ethic will be important in all aspects of life. It’s better to obtain it now rather than later.


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