“Without self-respect genuine happiness is scarcely possible. And the man who is ashamed of his work can hardly achieve self-respect.”
– Bertrand Russell
“I do not deny that the feeling of success makes it easier to enjoy life…. Nor do I deny that money, up to a certain point, is very capable of increasing happiness.
What I do maintain is that success can only be one ingredient in happiness, and is too dearly purchased if all the other ingredients have been sacrificed to obtain it.”
– Bertrand Russell
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“My father used to have an expression. He’d say, Joey, a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It’s about your dignity. It’s about respect. It’s about your place in your community.”
– Joe Biden
I love this. I also love Biden’s passionate plea for his staff to not neglect their home lives.
The economist Milton Friedman famously once said that “The business of business is business.”
We respectfully disagree.
If you can not honestly say that your job is overall making life better for someone somewhere in some way that is meaningful to you, then you should be doing something else.
“It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants.
The question is what are we busy about?”
– Henry David Thoreau
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
– Theodore Roosevelt
I’ve been writing recently about making mistakes. One irrefutable fact about doing awesome things is that sometimes you’ll get it wrong and some people may criticize you for that.
And that’s where the above quote comes in :)
“Work has got to be play or it doesn’t work.”
– Ray Bradbury
From this interview:
Look who’s coming out in favor of happiness at work:
How I wish everyone had decent work! It is essential for human dignity.
– Pope Francis I
Awsome. I especially like how he talks not just about work but “decent work.”