There is a well-known quote that goes like this:

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
— Confucius

When I started working on my own as a landscape designer I would reference this quote regularly. I was doing something I absolutely loved, and having a great time doing it. I had solid projects, wonderful clients, and I was my own boss. And because I was doing what I loved for my job, according to Confucius, I must not be working. Which, apparently, was a good and definitely, a cool thing.

That was 2007. Now it's 2015 and I have decided that this famous quote isn't such a great way for me to live nor view my life.

Work is a wonderful opportunity and a choice we all can make. Work is a positive thing. Work builds character and causes personal growth, especially when we push through a difficult task and see it to the end - even, and especially when we don't want to.

For me, when I work well, I feel a great sense of accomplishment - this in turn makes me happy. Sometimes I love my work. Other times I don't love it as much. But I am always grateful for it. It's a means of living a productive and fruitful life, and contributing to the greater good in this world. 

It is the working man who is the happy man.
— Benjamin Franklin
Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.
— Anne Frank
Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
— William James
Once you start a working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.
— Chanakya