Work Hard and Be Nice to People

By Nate McCallister

Last Updated July 2, 2021

"Work hard and be nice to people," is one of my favorite quotes to live by. However, I think there are a couple of things that need to be added to it to make it complete.

Yes, this makes me a dork and a bit of a buzzkill, but entertain me if you will, please. This will be very brief.

About "Work Hard & Be Nice to People"

Although the saying surely existed long before, the book "Make It Now," by Anthony Burrill which he later turned into "Work Hard and Be Nice to People," gave it legs.

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"Work Hard & Be Nice to People" by Anthony Burrill

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It's a fantastic little, design-heavy book that I recommend having in your library or on your coffee table. 

The book goes deeper into the quote and other things to consider, but I wanted to also mention my biggest notes here in this post.

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More on "Work Hard"

Hard work is great but it's incomplete. 

Working hard on the wrong things is wasted time. We need to ensure we are spending our hard work with purpose, where it matters.

Part of working hard is consistency. Sporadically working hard is common in our society. We bust our butts the day before a deadline or try to hit our numbers for whatever task in a small amount of the allotted time to do it. Working intensely with consistency is the true definition of "working hard." It's easy to put in effort occasionally. 

Finally, working hard without taking time to enjoy the things around you like your family and friends is work done in vain. Take time to enjoy the fruits of your labor and the things around you. Avoid workaholism at all costs.

More On "Be nice to People"

Being nice should be the default but we can't allow niceness to prevent us from standing up for ourselves or having difficult conversions. 

Part of being nice to others involves being honest with them. Sometimes, the nicest thing we can do for someone is to tell them something that might not make them happy in the short term but will help them in the long run. 

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About the author

Nate is the founder and main contributor of He is a lifestyle entrepreneur who spends his time building businesses and raising his four kids Sawyer, Brooks, Van and Lua with his beautiful wife Emily. His main interests include copywriting, economics and piano.

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