Ants working hard carrying leaves

I am convinced that hard works pays off.  I have seen some people become successful based solely on their natural talent, or a gift from others- but it doesn’t last.  First, the most rewarding part of the success journey is “the struggle”.  I have learned most of life’s lessons during the tough times when I have struggled towards achieving a goal.  Second, if something is handed to me, it doesn’t mean as much to me as the things I have earned.  Nobody can take these victories away from me.  Lastly, natural talent only gets you so far.  I do not have much natural ability in many things, so I have tried to make up the difference by working harder and smarter than the other guy.  To date, this approach has worked well for me, and I believe will make all the difference for me in the long run.

Proverbs 6: 6-8: Take a lesson from the ant, you who love leisure and ease. Observe how it works, and dare to be just as wise.
It has no boss, no one laying down the law or telling it what to do,
Yet it gathers its food through summer
and takes what it needs from the harvest

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