Examples Of Good Work Ethics And Striving To Have Them

If you want to get ahead in life it is important to have good work ethics, and sometimes you will need to train yourself to gain these important skills. Let’s look at some examples of good work ethics and why you should try and mimic them.

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Let’s use ants as examples of good work ethics.

Why I Am Using Ants As Examples Of Good Work Ethics?

Ants are incredibly social insects, but that doesn’t mean you must include them at your next dinner party.  I am going to use ants in my article, as I think a lot of us can learn something from these minute creatures that roam our world.

Ants Are Social

As I mentioned, ants are social.  You hardly ever see an ant on its own.  Ants know that they won’t achieve much on their own, but if they work in teams the world is their oyster.

Believe it or not, the same applies to us. How often do you see somebody start a business and then work totally on his own and actually succeed?  I have seldom seen this. One needs backup, help and support, training and education and of course somebody to buy your products.

When starting in a new business venture it is imperative that you work with others to grow your business and profit.  You need a coach, mentor or group of similar-minded people to turn to for help, support and to educate you so that you, in turn, can educate those underneath you.  Without these things, in place one is bound to fail, and ultimately the business will fail.

There is nothing worse than struggling on your own. You should have a support group in place that you can ask questions to about problems you are having, and at the same time try and help them with their problems.

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Ants Persevere

If you watch ants you often see them picking up things that are 5 or 6 times their size.  They battle along to get it to wherever it has to be, but you rarely see an ant give up and leave his bundle of goods. Did you know that ants can pick up things 20 times their body weight? If that was the same with us, we would be able to pick up a car.

Ants know how to persevere and they don’t know what it means to give up.  They continue in pursuit of their goal until it is met, and then go out and find the next thing to move or goal to achieve.

On the other hand, we as humans tend to give up too quickly and if something doesn’t work out for us we tend to move onto the next thing, without giving the first opportunity a fair chance.  If minute little ants can do the impossible, why shouldn’t we strive to succeed in all that we attempt?

Ants Know How To Work Hard

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I have noticed that ants are also extremely hard working.  How often do you see an ant that is not moving, unless of course, it has died?

Most humans, on the other hand, would rather be loafing in our favorite armchair watching television.

We all seem to have a lazy streak build into us, and some of us need a bomb placed under our butts to get us moving.  Just think about how you could change your life and your mindset if you found something exciting to do that made you want to work and achieve, instead of wasting your precious time.

I am not saying that we shouldn’t watch TV, I am just saying that one can get into the habit of watching too much of it.  It also tends to feed our minds with negativity, so too much of it is definitely not a good idea.  Ants don’t seem to need it.

Ants Can Perform Miracles

All the ant species seemingly perform miracles on a daily basis, and it is all through teamwork, dedication, perseverance and physical hard labor that they get these things right.

Just look at the nests that they manage to put together for themselves.  They are small creatures with giant potential.

We could move mountains too if we set our minds to it, we just don’t seem to get the full picture.  Come on guys, if ants can do it with a microscopic brain, then we should all be superhumans.

Other Fun Ant Facts To Think About

Here are some other things you may or may not know about ants:

  • When ants fight it is usually to the death.
  • Ants don’t have ears. Ants “hear” by feeling vibrations in the ground through their feet.
  • There are more than 12,000 species of ants all over the world.
  • Some queen ants can live for many years and have millions of babies!
  • When foraging, ants leave a pheromone trail so that they know where they’ve been.
  • Ants don’t have lungs. Oxygen enters through tiny holes all over the body and carbon dioxide leaves through the same holes.
  • Queen ants have wings, which they shed when they start a new nest.
  • When the queen of the colony dies, the colony can only survive a few months. Queens are rarely replaced and the workers are not able to reproduce.

So as you can see in the article above, I have used ants as examples of good work ethics, and I think that they are very deserving of this title. Unlike us, they work hard and never expect anything in return for their efforts.



Michel Maling


  1. Didn’t know that anyone could use such minute animals to enumerate the importance and outcome of work ethics. I am really impressed with this write-up and honestly, I have learned a great deal from those small creatures. 

    I believe that apart from work if we generally in the world can imitate the unity that the ants have, the world would be a better place. The way they persevere makes me jealous. Overall, great post, you have inspired me in a mild way. Thanks!

  2. Interesting article this is and I must say,  your analogy through ants is really great as you have passed across deep and insightful messages by making use of a small animal like an ant. 

    Ants can do amazing things like lifting weights 20 times their body size. That’s awesome. If only as humans, we can push ourselves beyond our limits, then we would be able to achieve so much more. It is safe to say that, ants have the best work ethics and they have an undying spirit to succeed at their tasks.

  3. Hi Michel – Interesting post!  I enjoyed it!  Ants are indeed diligent little workers.  They are just programmed that way.  The problem with us is we have a lot more choices than they do.  As a result we are easily distracted.  I wonder how things would be with ants if they had television.  Fact of the matter is, we need to program ourselves to be as diligent as the ants resulting in the correct work ethic.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  4. The ant analogy is a good one. You could say that as entrepreneurs, we need to be focusing on activities that add value to our businesses. We should avoid time-wasting activities that do not help us meet our goals. Perseverance won’t matter if we are doing the wrong activities or focused on the wrong goals. While ants may be social, they are not wasting time on Facebook or other social media. ha ha

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