Working Toward Greatness Hard Work Ethic

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It has been said that England Logistics is a place for those who want to be better tomorrow than they were today. It is a place for those seeking greatness. Simply put, England Logistics is a place that attracts the best because it expects the best. Along with all aspects of COACHTeam, hard work is the backbone of the culture at England Logistics. It is the aspect of the culture that creates the best.

Will Smith emphasized the value of hard work and its ability to create the best when he said,


“The separation of talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood concepts for people who are trying to excel. Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft. I’ve never really viewed myself as particularly talented. Where I excel is ridiculous, sickening work ethic. While other guys are sleeping, I’m working. While other guys are eating, I’m working. There’s no easy way around it.”


While I appreciate this concept in a corporate environment, in no other place has hard work and the greatness it brings been more obvious to me than in the classroom. As a teacher, those who had natural intelligence were obviously fun and exciting to work with. However, the most inspirational, and ultimately the most successful, students were those who sought every day to be better than they were the day before; those who had overcome dyslexia, ADHD or a difficult home life to achieve greatness. Those are the students whose success took them the farthest. Those are the students who found the willpower to beat on their craft for hours and hours and hours with a ridiculous, sickening work ethic. Those are the students who have made their way to amazing things through work ethic alone.

As I follow the success of those students into adulthood, I see the fruits of their efforts bear itself out into greatness. Those students made themselves great through hard work and a powerful belief in themselves.

Greatness is not a talent, it comes through hard work. Those who are willing to work while the other guy is sleeping, to work while the other guy is eating, are those who ELevate to greatness. Perhaps Theodore Roosevelt explained it best when he said,


“A soft, easy life is not worth living, if it impairs the fiber of the brain and heart and muscle. We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage… for us is the life of action, of strenuous performance of duty; let us live in the harness, striving mightily; let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.”


-Sheralyn, Order Audit Team Lead