Dignity Of Labor

There is an old saying, "Life is short, but art is long." We are surrounded with work and we have to travel a long path full of our duties and work. The sun, the moon, the stars and the constellation are moving on. Similarly every living being from small insect to the large elephant is working for their existence and growth. We take lessons from nature, nature is not still. Man is moving with the passage of time to the endless journey. But not all people become successful in this journey. Why so? What becomes the differentiation factor between different peoples in case of being successful and not being successful? The answer is pretty simple: labor! Without labor, one just cannot expect to prosper in life. That’s for sure. This is the thing that is the difference between success and failure. Here we will discuss about the different aspects of dignity of labor.

Ancient Day Labor

Labor has been the key to success from the ancient times.
Labor has been the key to success from the ancient times. | Source

17th Century Labor

The labor of 17th century where farmers are harvesting crops.
The labor of 17th century where farmers are harvesting crops. | Source

Importance of Labor:

We all know that Industry is the mother of good luck. God has given us hands to work with. The great souls of the world used to do their work with their hands. We have our needs, hunger and dreams for the future prospect. We have to earn money to meet the cost of our daily necessaries. Labor occupies our work ranging from the space to the deep sea. Without labor, we would not have food, clothes and shelter. But a man should work hard honestly and do his work faithfully. Samuel Smiles says, "It is not a disgrace to be a shoemaker, but it is certainly a great disgrace to make bad shoes." So, if we exert labor, we may get confidence in return. With labor, we can also get expert in the field that we will work and thus the whole scenario can change drastically.

Manual Labor

Manual labor in the late of 19th century.
Manual labor in the late of 19th century. | Source

Importance of Labor in National Development:

In our national life the importance of labor is undeniable. An idle national can never prosper. The world is colorful and labor is essential to ensure success in every sphere of life. From top to bottom, lower class to higher class, all people should work hard for the overall development of the nation. The greatest friends of men are his ten fingers. He is embellished with honor and fame by virtue of his work. There is hardly any nation in the history of mankind that has been able to prosper without labor. So that nation is the best where every people are giving labor in their respective fields and keeping contribution in the development of their nation.

Modern Day Labor

Modern day labor has changed with the change of technology.
Modern day labor has changed with the change of technology. | Source

Our Attitude to Labor:

If we realize the importance of labor in our human life, we will have to readier appreciation of the dignity of labor. Without labor nothing is brought to life. It is truly written in an ancient Jewish book. "Every carpenter and work master that laboreth night and day; the smith also by the anvil; the potter sitting at his work; all these trust to his hand, and everyone is wise in his work. Without these a city cannot be inhabited."

In fine, it is said that honest work of all kinds is dignified and worthy of respect. Even an employee of humble profession ought to be respected instead of being regarded with contempt. The only thing we should be ashamed of is idleness and trying to live by without labor. There is a saying that, "Work is worship and to work is to pray." We should always remember that an honest workman stands high in honor. With working, one can be able to achieve the desired goal in life. And if anyone gets the desired thing in life, what better than one can expect?

Labor in National Stage

Labor in national level is the root of a nation’s success.
Labor in national level is the root of a nation’s success.

What kind of labor is most important for being successful?

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Success and Labor Are Interrelated:

This is obviously true without any kind of doubt. You cannot expect to be successful without labor! Remember one thing for sure. You will never be able to achieve your goal if you do not give effort behind it. Can you expect to become successful by just sitting idle in one place? If you stick to one thing with continuous labor, then success will be there at your feet. Remember the achievements of Robert Bruce? He failed to win the war against the English 6 times but still he did not give up. That brought him success in the 7th attempt and he successfully defeated the English and was able to accomplish the task. If a king can achieve his goal in a risky place like a battlefield, why will you not be able to achieve yours in the normal life procedure? So you should go on with your task and success will be yours undoubtedly.

So those who are seeking success in their respective lives should give up all the tensions and stick with labor consistently. Then there will be no obstacle that will be able to keep one away from being successful. Give your best try in life and then you will see how beautiful the life can be. So instead of wasting any sort of time, just give labor and you will get the success that you are looking for.

Why do Americans and Canadians celebrate Labor Day? -Kenneth C. Davis

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Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

WHen people are at work they think of a vacation.

I've been out of work for a while and would love to get back to any job at this point. I'm very independent and bored beyond belief.


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breathing 5 years ago from Bangladesh Author

Thank you Daffy Duck For your comment.


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sinebobo 5 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

work live longer than people therefore we should used our little time to achieve greats


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Sir, your attitude is outstanding! I used to not be able to see things as you've presented them here - but I've lived to be older and wiser.


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breathing 5 years ago from Bangladesh Author

Thanks, Wesman Todd Shaw. Have you ever met someone like that?


Giselle Maine 5 years ago

Great hub and I like all the deep thought that so clearly went into the making of this hub. As Todd said earlier, you have an outstanding attitude.


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breathing 5 years ago from Bangladesh Author

Thank you Giselle. Have you any idea to attractive this hub.


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twilanelson 5 years ago from Carmichael, California

Another beautifully written Hub. Honor and pride in hard work well done are the foundation of our society, community and personal success and peace of mind. Thank you for reminding us to never be idle, and thank you for the artistic way you do it.


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breathing 5 years ago from Bangladesh Author

Thank you Twilanelson...for your feedback...and commenting.


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Pintoman 5 years ago

Excellent points. I've been a laborer all my life, always worked with wood until recently. I wish the US had more of that attitude. I'm sick of being looked upon as stupid because I like to work with my hands.I suppose it's a natural temptation that if think for a living that you must be smarter than someone who works with their hands. But it's a pretty shallow thought.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Well written and well thought out hub. Your title says it all...the "Dignity of Labor." Voted up and useful.


jimbo 5 years ago

Sorrow lessens in work to accomplish a task,

woe to the sluggard who sleeps on his way,

like a dog at his heels pain clings to him fast,

who leaves for tomorrow the work of today.


Ayushi Anand 4 years ago

Awesome with all it qoutations and amazing lines


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Pinkchic18 4 years ago from Minnesota

Very interesting hub. I enjoyed following your thoughts on this.


Twinkle 4 years ago

Very nice hub. I appreciate it. I'm totally agree with "Pinkchic18" that you have really nice thoughts.


relationsolve 10 months ago

It is impossible to become successful without labor. And for that you will need to practice labor at every stage of life. By practising labor at every stage, you will prepare yourself to face any kind of challenge. You will be able to do all of your works at the right time which is the key to success.

Thanks to the author foe highlighting the importance and application of labor in national development. We all know that laborious nations are always ahead in the long run. They become successful as a whole.

The attitude towards labour is another important thing. The result of labor is the desired thing we are looking to get. So we should give maximum importance to labor in our life.

Lastly success is interlinked with labor. So we should not ever become lazy. Otherwise it will be harmful for us in the long run. Who wants to be harmed at the end?


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breathing 9 months ago from Bangladesh Author

Labor is very important in the success of both nation and individuals. Most of the people who are not successful in life are due to the lack of labor. Many people also understand the concept of labor in wrong sense. Most of them understand only hard work through the term “labor”. It is not completely right. The actual meaning is doing hard work on a consistent basis. The author has highlighted this fact in a brilliant manner by bringing the example of Robert Bruce. We all should try to keep this example in our mind.

Many people who fail in 1 or 2 occasions nowadays become frustrated and give up trying. This is only due to the lack of right concept of labor. So I think we should never first know the concepts labor and then proceed in our life. Thus we will increase our chances of being successful.


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breathing 9 months ago from Bangladesh Author

Thank you all for bringing up the right concept of labor. You all are absolutely right. We give up trying in most of the cases if we don’t get the desired result in a few attempts. This mentality is on the rise. This ill practice should be stopped immediately.

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