Hard Work is a Habit, Not an Event

Richard Munang
3 min readFeb 26, 2022


We must become the hallmark of examples of excellence in what we do. We must become examples of #hardwork. Hard work is a habit, not an event. Hard work is a lifestyle, not an occurrence. The “charity begins at home” adage goes way beyond charity. It means “hard work” begins at home. It means “discipline” starts at home. “Respect” begins at home.

So, when we see a society of self-centred, dependency driven, lazy mindsets — the first place that needs to be addressed is the homes people come from. They are only multiplied when one grows up into society and finds others who grew up in the same way and thus reinforced this negativity. Consequently, the values of respect, hard work, and self-discipline, critical for a productive citizenry, must start in the homes, and it is from such that they will be difficult to erase later in life. They must be engrained earlier in life to blossom and become part of a person as they become adults.

We must pull up our socks to raise visionary, self-disciplined, hard-working, humble, visionary, and true-to-self citizens who will be productive to drive much needed competitive economies and #climateaction. But what can we do if we do not get the privilege of being nurtured in our homes? If we did not get to meet this “charity” while growing up?

The answer is one — being authentic. We must be true to ourselves and the reality that we confront. We must do ourselves this “justice”. And this calls for an appreciation of the following tenets:

First, know that discipline is freedom. It is the bridge between your actions and your goals. And as a grown-up, you have in you the power to choose.

Second, know that opportunities are created. They are not given in a silver platter. And the opportunity you need to create is to offer value towards solving problems. Offer solutions to on-demand challenges in communities and society. So, build yourself into a valuable solutions provider and drive #climateaction where ever you are.

Third, nothing grows in a comfort zone. So, as you build yourself to offer value, be psychologically prepared that you will face obstacles, and you should not relent or give up because of such discomfort.

Fourth, the only place you will not face competition is at the bottom. So, the alternative to avoiding discomfort for most is the bottom. And when many accumulate at the bottom, survival for the fittest will mean annihilating each other for the smallest of opportunities.

Fifth, do not focus on problems. When you do, you will have more problems. But when you focus on possibilities, you will have more opportunities.

In conclusion, always remember this — that going low is always easy but destructive. Lets together drive transformation #climateAction



Richard Munang

Expert environmental policy, climate change and sustainable development. An accomplished public speaker. Founded the Innovative Volunteerism mentorship program