This I Believe: I Believe In Hard Work

Apr 28, 2016
Essayist Kayla Fish
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What does five o’clock in the morning look like to you? Does it look like the back of your eyelids as you lie asleep, warm in your bed? For me, it looks like a dark and quiet walk to work.

I believe in the value of hard work.

I’ll always remember the days leading up to my 14th birthday, which, my parents constantly reminded me, was when I could work for the first time. I started a job the next week at the ski resort down the road from my house.

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