The Death of Diligence: Why Luxury and Laziness is Killing You
Luxury is killing you. The abundance of comfort from easy living provokes a laziness and sense of entitlement that is limiting you while you drown in the deception of opulence. Technology, manufacturing, consumer-met demand, and easy credit have taught too many to suppress their better selves by pursuing a need-centered life.
I know what you’re thinking: “Damn, C. J., I don’t even live in luxury. I can barely pay my bills, I have an old computer, and my car is held together with duct tape!” I don’t care. You’re still handicapped by luxury, because your alleged “poverty” is the single greatest proof that you’re a slave to the tyranny of laziness.
Diligent Hands Rule
So long as you continue to live in that abject state of “middle-class poverty”, you are demonstrating that luxury holds you in mental bondage. Why? It’s because you have not exercised the diligence required to master your life.
There’s a proverb that reads, “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.” When you live in a time of abundance, all the pressure from your environment encourages you to expect more with little to no effort. When you can simply walk into a store and buy whatever you want, it wars against the reality that massive effort precedes the creation of abundance.
Rulership comes from diligence, but if you’re in a perpetual position of “forced labor”, then it’s a good indicator that laziness is the cause.
Going from Slave to Master
There’s a reason why you’re not running your own business or working in the profession you’ve always wanted: it’s a lack of diligence. What is diligence? It’s careful, persistent work or effort. Diligence is the primary way in which you move from slave to master.
Where does diligence come from? It comes from a mentality—a state of mind that you create that leads to a massive release of your personal power. Diligence arises out of the awareness that innovation, problem-solving, hard work, and relentless effort can create an empire.
Why Some People Quit
It’s a lack of the mentality of diligence that is also a reason why people quit. They give up because they expect things to be much easier to achieve. The very thought of turning themselves inside and out to achieve something great is cast aside when all they have to do is say, “This day job ain’t so bad. I can pay my bills.”
All the while, they possess the creative potential to do something incredible. All the while, they bottle up a force of personal power that would transform the lives of others as much as it would transform their own. It’s just too easy to accept their mediocrity by dressing it up with a fake nobility that thinks half-assed is bad ass.
Needs, Greeds, and the Lust for Luxury
Luxury inspires laziness because it creates in people the idea that easy access means things are easily obtained. However, the amount of ingenuity, innovation, and tireless effort that went into creating that big screen television—the one you want so bad—did not arise from luxurious thinking.
I’m not saying luxury is a bad thing in itself. What I’m saying is that YOU are responsible for not allowing luxury to rob you of your sense of diligence, because when it comes to maximizing who you are, only diligent effort will cultivate your true potential. To do that requires a forsaking of needs, greeds, and the lust for luxury.
How Are You?
I’ll have more to say about the idea of diligence in future posts, but suffice it say that you need to take inventory of your own psychology and interrogate yourself as to whether modern abundance has affected you negatively. Are you developing yourself? Are you maximizing your personal power? Have you mastered your basic skills and abilities?
Tell me where you think you are at this stage in your life. If you’re so bold, write it out in the comments below. Let’s start to put laziness to death.
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