Have you ever seen someone sitting along the side of the road at an intersection asking for money? Many are holding signs describing their plight such as “Homeless, Hungry, Please Give.” You may have also seen signs which read “Will Work for Food.”

A few years ago I learned a valuable lesson concerning that expression.

I had a friend – let’s call him Bob – who was thin. He seemed like one of those people who can eat whatever they want and never gain an ounce. One day, about three years after I met Bob, I was at his house and noticed a family picture of a guy who favored him but was very overweight.

When I asked about the person in the picture, Bob laughingly replied that it was his brother. Immediately, one of his children bluted out, “Dad! That’s YOU!”

Bob smiled. Surprised, I asked, “How did you do it Bob?”

He said it was really simple. With all the diet fads out there, the only think that really “counts” is calories. He said, “I just watch my calories. If I eat more than I need, I know I need to work it off.”

If he wanted more food…he would have to WORK FOR FOOD!

In many ways, life truly is that simple. If you want something, you are going to have to work for it. All the productivity “fads” in the world can’t compare with diligent, honest effort.

With appropriate action at the appropriate time, you can achieve your goals.

What will YOU work for?