Work Hard, Be Happy

Curated by CLAI

Climbing Machu Picchu

Climbing Machu Picchu (Credits: Christine Lai)

“Gifted children and child prodigies most likely emerge in highly supportive family conditions. Geniuses have a perverse tendency of growing up in more adverse conditions.” – Dean Simonton

HARD WORK: When the founders wrote about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, they didn’t mean longer vacations and more comfortable hammocks. They meant the pursuit of learning. The love of learning. The pursuit of improvement and excellence. I keep telling students, ‘Find work you love. Don’t concern yourself overly about how much money is involved or whether you’re ever going to be famous.’ …In hard work is happiness.  – Historian David McCullough on hard work (NPR)

WEEKENDS OFF: Bank of America Merrill Lynch issued a small reprieve for its analysts and associates — the two lowest-ranking employee levels — to try to spend four weekend days away from the office each month, part of a broader effort to improve working conditions. (NYTIMES)

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