If you were born and raised around the Great Lakes, you know that our summers can be just a brutal as those living in the deep south. While you’re dreaming of days off to lounge by the pool or just stay in doors and hide from the word with the air conditioning running, you may need extra motivation to keep you engaged and excited about work. Here are some words of wisdom to help you get through these dog days of summer.


Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. – Warren Buffet

The summer can feel like a lazy time. You’re not willing to do a lot of extra work as you’re daydreaming about being anywhere but the office. Remember, the more work you do today, the less you’ll have to do in the future. Plan ahead and make your summer great.


Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January. – Hal Borland

The truth is, summer simply won’t last forever. Especially in Michigan, when the crisp fall weather comes in like a train by the time September rolls around. Before too long, you’ll be in sweaters enjoy apple cider and donuts. Don’t let summer slip by without enjoying it.


To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. –  Audrey Hepburn

Just like Warren Buffet, Audrey Hepburn lays down some harsh truth when we realize that summer is fleeting but the work we do now will last a lifetime. You don’t just plant a garden for the joy of planting, though that may be part of it. You plant it to harvest in the fall.


You are so much sunshine with every square inch. – Walt Whitman

Remember, you are radiant. Even if you feel lazy and unproductive, you have it in you to shine. Go ahead and show off your brilliant colors this summer. Prove to yourself and everyone around you that every square inch of you is sunshine.


It will not always be summer. Build Barns.  – Hesiod

If you think that Buffet and Hepburn had it right, you have ancient poet Hesiod to thank for that. The true wisdom of ancient Greece shine’s through in this short verse from Hesiod. Don’t just laze around in the summer sun, know that there is still work to do because the summer is short and winter will be here before you know it.


One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter. – Henry David Thoreau

Long before Marie Kondo swept the nation with her “Spark Joy” method of tidying up, Henry David Thoreau was showing the country what it was like to live in simplicity. Squatting in a cabin on his friend, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s land, Thoreau focused on deliberate living. And he recognized that summer isn’t as much a season as it is a mindset.

What are your favorite ways to stay engaged in the hot Michigan summers? Contact Harvard Resource Solutions, now hiring for jobs in Southeast MI, to learn more today.