One Friday a young man named Herb, who was attending Stanford University, applied for employment at a company and was told that the only job available was that of a secretary. The young man enthusiastically accepted the position, but informed the employer that he couldn't start until Wednesday.
When he showed up Wednesday morning the employer asked Herb why he waited until Wednesday to start. Herbert Hoover, a future president of the United States replied, "I had to find a typewriter and learn how to use it." (Yes, this happened before the age of computers.)
Herbert Hoover once said, "No difficult or simple job ever gets done until someone decides right now to do what it takes to get the job done. Unfortunately, too many people stand by ready to carry the stool when there is a piano to be moved."
The book of Proverbs is filled with instructions that tell us that working hard and doing a job well will lead to rewards while laziness reaps sorrow and poverty. Translators used two words: "sloth" and "sluggard" in creating the English Bible. Both words mean slow-moving and lazy.
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Hard work produces wealth while laziness leads to poverty.
Proverbs:10:4-5 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.  He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame. : "He who deals with a slack hand becomes poor, But the hand of the diligent makes one rich. He who gathers in summer is a wise son, But he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame."
Proverbs:12:27The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.: "The slothful man does not roast what he took in hunting, But diligence is man's precious possession."
Proverbs:13:4The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.: "The soul of a sluggard desires, and has nothing, But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich."
Proverbs:24:30-34 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;  And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.  Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.  Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:  So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man. : "I went by the field of the slothful, And by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; It's surface was covered with nettles; It's stone wall was broken down. When I saw it I considered it well, I looked on it and received instruction: A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest; So your poverty will come like a prowler, And your want like an armed man."
A lazy person is a curse to his or her employer and won't be able to keep a job.
Proverbs:10:26As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.: "As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, So is the sluggard to those who send him."
A person who only wants to have fun all the time will end up in poverty.
Proverbs:12:11He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.: "He who tills the land will be satisfied with bread, But he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding."
Proverbs:21:17He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.: "He who loves pleasure will be a poor man; He who loves wine and oil will not be rich."
A person who talks all the time instead of working will end up in poverty.
Proverbs:14:23In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.: "In labor there is profit, But idle chatter leads only to poverty."
Laziness leads to a restricted life without opportunities.
Proverbs:15:19The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.: "The way of a slothful man is like a hedge of thorns, But the way of the upright is a highway."
Proverbs:18:9He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.: "He who is slothful in his work is the brother of him who is a great destroyer."
Proverbs:19:15Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.: "Slothfulness casts one into a deep sleep, And an idle person will suffer hunger."
Proverbs:19:24A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.: "A slothful man buries his hand in the bowl, And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again."
Proverbs:20:4The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.: "The sluggard will not plow because of winter; Therfore he will beg during the harvest and have nothing."
Proverbs:20:13Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.: "Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with bread."
A hard worker plans for the future, while a lazy person schemes ways to get rich quickly.
Proverbs:21:5The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.: "The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty."
A hard worker will be generous, while a lazy person will be filled with unhappy desires for what others possess.
Proverbs:21:25-26 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.  He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not. : "The desire of the slothful kills him, For his hands refuse to labor. He covets greedily all day long, But the righteous gives and does not spare."
A lazy person always makes excuses.
Proverbs:22:13The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.: "The slothful man says, 'There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the street.'"
All success in life takes preparation, work and sacrifice. Unfortunately, many times we want the rewards without the effort.
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