Chapter 18Career Plan Step #8: Achieving Your Career Plan: The Power of Work

If you are poor, work… If you are happy, work. Idleness gives room for doubts and fears. If disappointments come, keep right on working. If sorrow overwhelms you, … work… When faith falters and reason fails, just work. When dreams are shattered and hope seems dead, work. Work as if your life were in peril. It really is. No matter what ails you, work. Work faithfully… Work is the greatest remedy available for both mental and physical afflictions.


A man worked in the U.S. Treasury Department investigating cases in which counterfeit money was involved. He was so good at what he did all he needed was a quick look at a bill to tell whether it was genuine or counterfeit. One evening at a press conference following the breakup of a major counterfeit ring due to this man's work, one of the reporters directed a statement to him: “You must spend a lot of time studying counterfeit bills to recognize them so easily.”

His reply was, “No, I don't ever study counterfeit bills. I spend my time studying genuine bills; then the imperfection is easy to recognize.”

When we are able to study and plan out the career path we want and then begin to master the art of work, we will clearly see the “imperfections” or the divergent roads that will prevent us from reaching our goals.

Work for Satisfaction and Success

When I was growing up, every Saturday in the Bray household was the same. I would wake up to my sweet ...

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