Over 70% of adults think small business owners work harder than government workers, big corporation employees and corporate CEOs. That is the conclusion of a survey by the Rasmussen Reports here in the United States not long ago. I've always felt that small business owners worked really really hard, based on what I've seen of the schedules of business owners around me. The only thing that surprises me -- pleasantly surprises me -- is that the majority of the population agrees. Also, I never took the time to compare small business owners to, say, corporate CEOs. However, I do hold the opinion that certain corporate CEOs tend to be overpaid and overrated, and don't earn their pay. Not all of them, of course. Just a select tiny group earn my scorn, such as the ones who made millions of dollars but put their companies in the tank through ineptitude and bad decisions, requiring the rest of us taxpayers (and small business owners) to deal with the mess they left behind (Lehman, Bear Stearns, Freddie Mac, AIG -- talkin' about you). But I digress. Anyway, let's not pat ourselves on the back with smug satisfaction just because we may work hard. Let's make all that hard work result in enjoyment for a job well done; a better lifestyle and standard of living for our families; and continual growth of our businesses. Hard work without enjoyment and reward is just ... hard work. Read about the Rassmussen small-business survey here.