Work. Labor. Talent Acquisition, Recruiting, Sourcing, Human Resources, and the related technologies are involved in a constant effort to improve, add value, and impact this one marriage in our lives. Our work is the one thing that we sacrifice family, love, comfort, and our very precious time for year after year. We participate sometimes regardless of the fruits and sometimes the peril. The striving to improve work is and will always be of utmost importance as we spend more time in it than anywhere else in many of our lives. It impacts our financial security, our families, our health, and our state of mind more than most other things that we encounter. We must always continue to honor labor and the work we all do, with equality, diversity, respect, and honor, and with constant and consistent passion.
Some of the best words from great minds regarding Labor and Labor Day:
All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. -Martin Luther King, Jr.
The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. –Vince Lombardi
A hundred times every day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving. – Albert Einstein
If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all. – Michelangelo
Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.– Booker T. Washington
Work is no disgrace; the disgrace is idleness. – Greek Proverb
Labor Day is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race or nation. -Samuel Gompers
Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. -Elbert Hubbard
Without labor nothing prospers. -Sophocles
Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. -Confucius
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. -Aristotle
A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity. -Thomas Jefferson
Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it. -Madeleine L’Engle
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. ―Mahatma Gandhi
The supreme accomplishment is to blur the lines between work and play. –Arnold J. Toynbee
According to the United States Department of Labor website:
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.
By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed a law making the first Monday in September of each year a national holiday.
Happy Labor Day.