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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C. J. Ortiz
C. J. Ortiz

My mission is to help equip people to maximize their resources for a purpose greater than themselves. That's what my own mentors and teachers have done for me, and I'm paying it forward. Life can be merciless, and the world can be a messed up place, so what's needed is a stronger people that can both endure and overcome in life. My motto is, "In whatever you do, don't suck! Metal up!"

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    17 replies to "The Death of Diligence: Why Luxury and Laziness are Killing You"

    • Lezlie Duncan

      I’m a work in progress..that’s for sure! It’s been almost a year now since I started my “real” effort to get back in shape. I’ve lost nearly forty lbs. doing it the old fashioned way..the gym and diet. I think that getting myself back to a state of mind in which I truly believe that I can do anything has brought back that drive that I had when I was younger. Thanks for always making each of us get real with ourselves. 🙂

    • Lezlie, I’m thrilled to hear about your progress. It’s my honor to play a small role of encouragement.

    • Matt R

      Still quite early in personal development. My difficulty has always been that I’m a slave to whatever I’m currently feeling. For example if I’m tired I sleep even if there is work to be done, or if I’m hungry I eat even if I’ve maxed out my calories for that day. But I’ve beaten the 2nd problem enough to lose 20 lbs. So I am improving. I think I can go all the way.

    • Richard Fredriksson

      There is plenty of truth in this article regarding the present situation I’ve put myself in. I haven’t had a job to pay my bills, been too lazy to get a temporary welfare fund and now am stuck up with unpayable bills with short due.
      Today I finally got a job and this article pushed me further, inspired me even more. Thanks for a great writing as always, C.J! May Dio be with you!

    • Thanks, Richard.

    • Yes, you can.

    • Maria

      Great site – very inspiring!
      I came here because I was having trouble conquering fears and getting my ass moving. Fear can be a crippling force and it has been getting in the way quite a lot lately. I like what you said about the illusion of poverty – I feel like as long as I am able to afford a carton of eggs and the internet and a place to live, with clean water (more than I could use myself), I am far from poor! I am from the U.S., and it seems here in the U.S. there are many false necessities. (Cars, cable tv, cell phones, air conditioning, etc.) I work at a high-end furniture retailer and one of my coworkers recently regarded the internet as a necessity. Last time I checked, the internet is a luxury (a means to communicate and have access to loads of information with little to no effort). Necessities are shelter, food, water, clothing. Those things take work to create, and most people I know do not know how to provide one of those things for themselves, including myself. Thank you for doing your part in removing the shroud of illusion over all things convenient and ultimately unnecessary (but still nice to have with a little work)!

    • Awesome. Thanks for sharing.



    • Jay

      “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!”

      This bit was an eye opener, ’cause it was along the lines of how i’ve been thinking lately. But luxury takes many forms, if we are honest many of us can find ways in which we are being lazy. Self-honesty and some small sacrifices are the way forward.

      “No Growth In Comfort” – Geoff Thompson.

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      Yes, luxury does take many forms, but the issue is whether understands and is desirous of personal development. If they are, then luxury is not a hindrance.

    • Drew Vaughan

      I struggle with ADHD. I’m also brilliant and talented, and when I apply myself, awesome. No more excuses. If I painted for 1 hour every day for the past 100 days, then there’s no reason I can’t master drawing. Thanks, C.J.

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      Excellent, Drew. I encourage you to pursue that.

    • Lloyd Alfonso Petry

      Excellent article! Picking up my yoke and opening my eyes. We all need a self check and self reflection of who we are. Metal Motivation helps us not forget. Keep thrashing the demons with hot steel! Thanks C.J.

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      Dude, bad ass comment! Thank you!

    • Evey Graumann

      it’s true and not new. we should not get lost in our own comfort, especially when we notice this is not enough. So shall we keep trying on improving things? It is hard to turn the world around and ‘start from scratch’ even. It depends on many things not only us. But yes, I agree, being clear about our own expectations and wishes and then start working on it is the best we can do to have a fulfilled life. At some point in my life I also had this enlightenment that it is only me that can help me feeling ‘better’. I am a bit proud in a way of what I have achieved so far (even if it might be average and worthless to others but that is not really the point), however, there are still a lot of things that are out of my control. Especially when it comes to social aspects and relationships to other people. This is something that I can only influence from my side and this means a big limitation. I cannot force people to ‘like’ me for example. I could try to manipulate them and to make them liking me perhaps but that is not honest and I really believe in honesty. Life is not easy but perhaps it is not easiness what makes life valuable. I guess this is a subjective decision of everyone for themselves what they want to make out of their time here on our lovely planet. And actually it would help if we do not spend so much time on thinking about ourselves but more about others and the beauty of nature.

    • C. J.

      Real fulfillment comes by maximizing who we are and what can we do. Inherent in that idea is the end result that others are served. Thanks for writing.

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