06 March, 2011

Your Best Foot Forward

Which sounds longer to you 569,400 hours or 65 years? They are exactly the same in length of time.

The average man spends his first eighteen years - 157,000 hours - getting an education. That leaves him 412,000 hours from age 18 to 65.

Eight hours of every day are spent in sleeping; eight hours in eating and recreation. So there is left eight hours to work each day.

One third of 412,000 hours is 134,000 hours - the number of hours a man has in which to work between the age of 18 and 65. Expressed in hours it doesn't seem a very long time, does it?

Now I am not recommending that you tick off the hours that you worked, 134,000, 133,999,133,998, etc., but I do suggest that whatever you do, you do it with all that you have in you.

If you are sleeping, sleep well.
If you are playing, play well.
If you are working, give the best that is in you, remembering that in the last analysis the real satisfaction in life comes not from money and things, but from the realization of a job well done.

Therein lies the difference between the journeyman worker and a real craftsman.

By H. W. Prentis, Jr., (1884-1959)