ON THE VIRTUE OF INDUSTRY

All of the great achievers of the world have accomplished great things by doing, not by talking about that which they wish to achieve, nor by thinking about what they want to happen. The world has an abundance of highly intelligent people who are not very successful. These people have untapped potential that simply goes to waste because they don’t turn that potential into kinetic energy. The unsuccessful fail to act, or give up when encountered with resistance.

“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” – Bruce Lee

To be a man/ woman of industry is to be a person of action. To be a man/ woman of action is to be a person of success. In order to be successful you must be industrious and persistent and work towards your goals despite failure. Failure is a mindset. If you act, but do not at first succeed, then you have gained experience and learned from your mistakes if you take something from your setbacks instead of letting them discourage you. Maintain a positive growth mindset.

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

What are you doing with your life? Have you been industrious, spending the time you have been given on this earth well? What memories have you left for those you love to remember you by? If someone were to read your life back to you, would it sound like an accomplished life with purpose, or would it be just another boring short story in which not much happened? Would you think, “I should’ve done more”,  or would you be without regret knowing you lived a full life and accomplished great things? 

MISCONCEPTIONS OF INDUSTRY

Being industrious does not mean becoming a workaholic and dedicating all your time into your profession. Being industrious means to always employ your time into something useful. Say you’re off from work and don’t know how to be industrious with your relaxing time. Read a book instead of mindlessly watching TV or binging on a new show. Put your time into your hobbies instead of lounging around or going to get drunk with your friends. Have your time for fun (literally plan it), but make it something useful that promotes your growth.

Utilize down time to build a skill or learn about something that interests you. Exercise. Do something active. It may seem like work in the beginning, but you will soon develop some level of mastery and that workout or book or hobby won’t feel like a chore anymore. In fact, it will leave you energized and clear your head of all the stresses of the week. Personally, I feel more energized and ready for the work week when I have accomplished a few side goals during the weekend instead of sitting on the couch, and I guarantee you will too.

LASER FOCUS

The virtue of Industry promotes focus and gives direction. A large part of the reason why a vast number of people constantly feel anxious or depressed or uncertain is because they are not busy working towards their goal and living their purpose. When you are being industrious you don’t leave the mind enough time to stray into negativity and create problems. Can you feel the difference in your energy levels, the thoughts you have, and the way you feel about yourself on a day you went out and got your business done and crushed your day as opposed to a day you laid around and did nothing but Netflix and chill?

The Chinese have a saying, “Running water never grows stale.” Be focused and active by being industrious and staying on the side of progress. Due to mujo, we are constantly changing and thus we are at any given moment either progressing or regressing. Being industrious doesn’t give you the time to start regressing. If you take something from failure and keep working toward your goal, then you will always be on the side of progress.

Being focused attracts what you want. The best way to attract what it is you want is to deserve it. The way to deserve that which you want is to do what you believe is necessary to attract it. It is a very simple equation. The work and time you put in will give you back exactly what you put in. The Law of Cause and Effect states ” Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to the Law; Chance is but a name for Law unrecognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law.” – The Kybalion The badasses of the world got there by putting in the time and work, by being industrious. These people focused on what they wanted and put in the time and work. The universe rewards them because they deserve the reward.

HOW INDUSTRY BUILD CHARACTER AND DISCIPLINE

It all comes down to you. People like to say circumstances and/or other people are the reasons why they never accomplished the things they say they would. This is an attempt to shed responsibility because they don’t want to take responsibility for their own lives. These people don’t want to have the spotlight shined on them because they know they are the ones at fault. So they attempt the shed responsibility for their failure to act in order to protect the ego which will not identify itself as a problem because it wants control. By being industrious you are taking charge of your time and being responsible for yourself as well as what you do and don’t do.

Once you have accepted responsibility you can build discipline, which comes with healthy character traits riding on its tail. Industry builds discipline by making you follow a plan and promoting good work ethic. Disciplined people do what must be done despite resistance. The undisciplined give up and accept a lesser life because they fear failure and hard work. They have now polarized to regression and their character traits regress accordingly. Likewise, by being industrious you polarize to progression and attract better quality character traits.

CONTROL TIME

Industry makes you aware of how you spend your time. Awareness is key to control. Once you are aware of your time, you can decide what to do with it. Create a plan and stick to it. Knowing you’ve wasted your time is an unpleasant feeling, and time isn’t something you can get back. When you become aware of things you do that waste your time you will slowly start cutting those distractions out of your life. Time is the most precious resource you have, so have control over it and plan what you will do with it.

HOW TO IMPLEMENT INDUSTRY INTO YOUR LIFE

Its simple. Plan and execute. Have faith in the compounding effect because all of that effort will add up over time. Plan in order to channel your energy (focus) and raise your awareness of your time expenditure so that you can control how you use it. Make lists, buy a planner, or make schedules on your phone. It doesn’t matter how you plan. Do what works for you and make adjustments along the way to become more efficient. Then resolve to do what you ought and execute. Be a doer. Be industrious.

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