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Jul 27, 2012

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Are you a hard worker? Because there are some people out there who think you're lazy. This is a global economy, step it up! But there are a lot of people out there who work plenty hard. So what are you supposed to do? Today, we've got a passion for hard work: Where it comes from, where it went and what you can do about it.

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What is hard work?

Jul 27, 2012
Hard work is what made the United States, but there's now concern Americans aren't working hard enough.

Are Americans overworked?

Jul 27, 2012
Europeans get a minimum of three weeks of paid vacation, but many Americans get none. While Americans may work more, it doesn't necessarily mean they're being more productive.

The 401(k) system doesn't work

Jul 27, 2012
Many Americans are unprepared for retirement -- and an economics professor believes government intervention is necessary to create a viable retirement system.

Where did the American work ethic come from?

Jul 27, 2012
Until the Protestant Reformation, work was considered a four-letter word, then everything changed. Historian Roger Hill discusses how work became a source of American pride.

Finding the motivation to work harder

Jul 27, 2012
Can't find the drive to work harder? Motivational speaker Eric Chester has some tips on how to get re-energized about our jobs.

Plenty of jobs, lazy Americans just don't want them

Jul 27, 2012
According to Fox Business reporter John Stossel, businesses are hiring, Americans just don't want "those kind of jobs."

Teaching a hard-work ethic

Jul 27, 2012
Some people are born to be hard workers. For the rest of us, don't worry -- a good work ethic can be learned.

The daily grind

Jul 27, 2012
Workers of all types talk about the challenges of doing their jobs successfully.

Are you a hard worker? Because there are some people out there who think you’re lazy. This is a global economy, step it up! But there are a lot of people out there who work plenty hard. So what are you supposed to do? Today, we’ve got a passion for hard work: Where it comes from, where it went and what you can do about it.