In the beginning, there was perfection. When God created the heavens and earth, everything was good. Everything was perfect. It couldn’t get any better than how it was at that moment.

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I often wonder how long did Adam and Eve get to enjoy perfection before they sinned. Maybe I will find the answer to that question in heaven. Here’s what I do know. Even when there was perfection, there was hard work.

Here’s what I mean. In the beginning, when God created the heavens and earth, Adam still had work to do. In fact, you could say he had some really challenging work to do.

“The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” Genesis 2:15. Isn’t that interesting? Adam wasn’t just doing nothing all day. Sure, he had perfection, but he was still working.

“The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field.” Genesis 2:20. Now that had to be really challenging work. Think about it. Adam gave names to all the animals. That required creativity on his part.

Even when there was perfection, there was also hard work.

In our society, hard work is still necessary. Deep work is necessary. Check out the book called deep work by Cal Newport. Yet at times, it can be easy for people to want to take short cuts to be successful. Many want to avoid challenging work, concentration, and creativity that is so necessary to be successful. Not too long ago, I wrote a blog called Fewer Hacks And More Hard Work. It has gotten more comments than some of my other blogs. I think part of the reason is that people are recognizing that hard work is necessary.

For a long time, I would use the phrase “Work Smarter Not Harder.” I think that phrase still has application. But I heard a quote by Rory Vaden, author of  Take the stairs, who said, “Work Smarter And Harder.” I’m thinking this quote is more accurate.

To truly accomplish goals, one must put in the work. It will take time. It will take effort. There will be setbacks. There will be disappointment. But it worth it in the long run.

What is it that you need to do?

Get to it.

Hard work will always be a part of life.


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