?Is a Good Work Ethic important ? Yes, (no surprises there then) at the very least it is important. But if you own or are planning on owning your own business, it is absolutely essential. If you are an employee having strong values of hard work and diligence will pay you dividends if you are with the right company. As an employer myself 3 of the key factors I am looking for straight away in staff are, honesty, positive attitude and a good work ethic. Without these key attributes potential staff are simply non-starters with us ! If you own or want to own your own business, the chances of any real and lasting success, without a really good work ethic are extremely unlikely. The likelihood of failure, huge. Now I don't believe we are born with or with out a work ethic - I believe it develops (or doesn't) over time. Perhaps largely influenced by our upbringing and associations in our more formative years. If in all honesty you do not consider your self to have or have had a good work ethic - don't worry ! If you want it you can have it, starting right now. This ability to change our own lives through education, choices we make and free will, is what separates us from the animals. How neat is that ! If you want to succeed in business the ability to work hard and apply yourself is essential. I know from my own experience that you can develop a tremendously good work ethic over a period of time if you practice self discipline - and do what you need to do. If you're not sure what that is here are a few ideas to get started with: Educate your self about what a good work ethic is and what you have to do to acquire it. Associate with people who already have it and see what makes them different. Read articles on what it is and how to obtain it. Take your own inventory and see what's holding you back, get rid of bad habits and move forward. Remember, if nothing changes, then nothing changes. Make the right choices and changes that you need to make - and start today.