Jindal, Leadership and Crisis, 43
From my mom and dad, I learned that hard work is a virtue–it was one they practiced every day–and so was achievement. One of my father’s worst insults was to say that someone “had great potential.” It meant you weren’t working hard enough. If you brought home a 95 on a test, he wanted to know why it wasn’t a 100. Some subjects came easily to me and my brother, but we quickly learned that my dad wasn’t impressed if we only had to study for an hour to ace a test. Hard work had value in itself, and I discovered from him that the harder you work at something the easier it becomes.