Hard Work in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Hard Work

  2. Use Hard Work to Overcome Adversity

  3. Heaven Rewards Hard Work

  4. Industrious / Hard Working

  5. Spare No Effort

  6. Diligence

  7. Commitment

  8. Rise Up with Thrift and Diligence

  9. Heaven Blesses the Diligent

10. Confucius: Golden Rule / Ethic of Reciprocity


kè kǔ
kokku
Hard Work Scroll

刻苦 is "hard work" in Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja.

If working hard is important to you, maybe this word will state your belief on your wall (this is not a common title to see on a wall scroll in Asia).

Use Hard Work to Overcome Adversity

kè kǔ nài láo
Use Hard Work to Overcome Adversity Scroll

This Chinese proverb suggests that you should always bear hardships and work hard.

Some will translate it as a suggestion to be assiduous and long-suffering.

My favorite is to use this to remind myself to be hard-working and capable of overcoming adversity.

Heaven Rewards Hard Work

huáng tiān bù fù kǔ xīn rén
Heaven Rewards Hard Work Scroll

This inspirational Chinese proverb can be translated a few ways:

Heaven will not disappoint the person who tries.

If you try hard, you're bound to succeed eventually.

Heaven rewards diligent work.

Sincere/heartful effort reaps the grace of Heaven.

Industrious / Hard Working

ài gǎng jìng yè
Industrious / Hard Working Scroll

Used to refer to someone who puts forth maximum effort and achieves much.

We might call this kind of person a "go-getter" in English.


See Also:  Dedication | Tenacious | Devotion

Spare No Effort

bù yí yú lì
Spare No Effort Scroll

This is a Chinese proverb that can be translated many ways. Here's some of them: go to any lengths; with all one's might; spare no pain; do one's utmost.

If you feel hard work and holding nothing back is your philosophy, then this is the phrase for you.

qín miǎn
kinben
Diligence Scroll

勤勉 can be translated as diligence, industrious, assiduity, assiduous, diligent, or sedulity.

Diligence is working hard and doing your absolute best. You take special care by doing things step by step. Diligence helps you to get things done with excellence and enthusiasm. Diligence leads to success.


See Also:  Tenacity | Commitment | Passion for a Cause

chéng nuò
shoudaku
Commitment Scroll

承諾 embodies the idea commitment, but also means to make a big effort or undertaking a great task.

Commitment is caring deeply about something or someone. It is deciding carefully what you want to do, and then giving it 100%, holding nothing back. You give your all to a friendship, a task, or something you believe in. You finish what you start. You keep your promises.

In Chinese, this word directly means to undertake something or to make a promise to do something.

Outside of the commitment idea, this particular word can also mean approval, acceptance, consent, assent, acquiescence, or agreement depending on context (especially in Japanese and Korean). Therefore, this word is probably best if your audience is Chinese.


See Also:  Partnership | Dedication

Rise Up with Thrift and Diligence

qín jiǎn qǐ jiā
Rise Up with Thrift and Diligence Scroll

勤儉起家 is a Chinese proverb that suggests you begin to rise up by thrift and hard work.

Diligent work and spending money wisely will almost always pay off.

Heaven Blesses the Diligent

tiān dào chóu qín
Heaven Blesses the Diligent Scroll

This can be interpreted a few different ways:
God blesses those who work hard.
It is the way of Heaven to smile on the diligent.
God will reward those that are worthy.
Heaven blesses those who are diligent.

Whichever translation you like, a scroll like this on your wall may serve as a reminder to work hard because your diligence will pay off both in this life and the next.


Note: This can be pronounced in Korean, but it's not a commonly used term.

Confucius: Golden Rule / Ethic of Reciprocity

Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself
jǐ suǒ bú yù wù shī yú rén
Confucius: Golden Rule / Ethic of Reciprocity Scroll

Some may think of this as a "Christian trait" but actually it transcends many religions.

This Chinese teaching dates back to about 2,500 years ago in China. Confucius had always taught the belief in being benevolent (ren) but this idea was hard to grasp for some of his students, as benevolence could be kind-heartedness, or an essence of humanity itself.

When answering Zhong Gong's question as to what "ren" actually meant, Confucius said:

"When you go out, you should behave as if you were in the presence of a distinguished guest, when people do favors for you, act as if a great sacrifice was made for you. Whatever you wouldn't like done to you, do not do that thing to others. Don't complain at work or at home".

Hearing this, Zhong Gong said humbly, "Although I am not clever, I will do what you say".

From this encounter, the Chinese version of the "Golden Rule" or "Ethic of Reciprocity" came to be.
The characters you see above express, "Do not do to others whatever you do not want done to yourself".


See Also:  Confucius Teachings | Benevolence




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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Hard Work刻苦kokku / kokukè kǔ / ke4 ku3 / ke ku / kekuk`o k`u / koku / ko ku
Use Hard Work to Overcome Adversity刻苦耐勞
刻苦耐劳
kè kǔ nài láo
ke4 ku3 nai4 lao2
ke ku nai lao
kekunailao
k`o k`u nai lao
kokunailao
ko ku nai lao
Heaven Rewards Hard Work皇天不負苦心人
皇天不负苦心人
huáng tiān bù fù kǔ xīn rén
huang2 tian1 bu4 fu4 ku3 xin1 ren2
huang tian bu fu ku xin ren
huangtianbufukuxinren
huang t`ien pu fu k`u hsin jen
huangtienpufukuhsinjen
huang tien pu fu ku hsin jen
Industrious
Hard Working
愛崗敬業
爱岗敬业
ài gǎng jìng yè
ai4 gang3 jing4 ye4
ai gang jing ye
aigangjingye
ai kang ching yeh
aikangchingyeh
Spare No Effort不遺餘力 / 不遺余力
不遗余力
bù yí yú lì
bu4 yi2 yu2 li4
bu yi yu li
buyiyuli
pu i yü li
puiyüli
Diligence勤勉kinbenqín miǎn / qin2 mian3 / qin mian / qinmianch`in mien / chinmien / chin mien
Commitment承諾
承诺
shoudaku / shodakuchéng nuò
cheng2 nuo4
cheng nuo
chengnuo
ch`eng no
chengno
cheng no
Rise Up with Thrift and Diligence勤儉起家
勤俭起家
qín jiǎn qǐ jiā
qin2 jian3 qi3 jia1
qin jian qi jia
qinjianqijia
ch`in chien ch`i chia
chinchienchichia
chin chien chi chia
Heaven Blesses the Diligent天道酬勤tiān dào chóu qín
tian1 dao4 chou2 qin2
tian dao chou qin
tiandaochouqin
t`ien tao ch`ou ch`in
tientaochouchin
tien tao chou chin
Confucius: Golden Rule
Ethic of Reciprocity
己所不欲勿施於人
己所不欲勿施于人
jǐ suǒ bú yù wù shī yú rén
ji3 suo3 bu2 yu4, wu4 shi1 yu2 ren2
ji suo bu yu, wu shi yu ren
jisuobuyu,wushiyuren
chi so pu yü, wu shih yü jen
chisopuyü,wushihyüjen
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.


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Confucius: Golden Rule / Ethic of Reciprocity Scroll
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Confucius: Golden Rule / Ethic of Reciprocity Scroll
Confucius: Golden Rule / Ethic of Reciprocity Scroll


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Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

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