Be Industrious, not a SLACKER.

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I recently read an interesting blog post. Dave Ramsey reposted a bunch of statistics from a best selling author Tom Corely at Richhabits.net.

Proverbs 10:4 says, A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. ESV

To be diligent means being industrious with steadfast application, and a showing of care and conscientiousness in one’s work.

Slack means to be loose and limp.

The Tom Corely blog post:

1. 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. 97% of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day. 23% of wealthy gamble. 52% of poor people gamble.

2. 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor do this.

3. 76% of wealthy exercise aerobically 4 days a week. 23% of poor do this.

4. 63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5% for poor people.

5. 81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% for poor.

6. 63% of wealthy parents make their children read 2 or more non-fiction books a month vs. 3% for poor.

7. 70% of wealthy parents make their children volunteer 10 hours or more a month vs. 3% for poor.

8. 80% of wealthy make happy birthday calls vs. 11% of poor.

9. 67% of wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% for poor.

10. 88% of wealthy read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons vs 2% for poor.

11. 6% of wealthy say what’s on their mind vs. 69% for poor.

12. 79% of wealthy network 5 hours or more each month vs. 16% for poor.

13. 67% of wealthy watch 1 hour or less of TV every day vs. 23% for poor.

14. 6% of wealthy watch reality TV vs. 78% for poor.

15. 44% of wealthy wake up 3 hours before work starts vs. 3% for poor.

16. 74% of wealthy teach good daily success habits to their children vs. 1% for poor.

17. 84% of wealthy believe good habits create opportunity luck vs. 4% for poor.

18. 76% of wealthy believe bad habits create detrimental luck vs. 9% for poor.

19. 86% of wealthy believe in life-long educational self-improvement vs. 5% for poor.

20. 86% of wealthy love to read vs. 26% for poor.

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There is a lot to think on here, and even more to talk about concerning the income gap between the rich and the poor. But I am not going to write on that today, rather I am going to take the list and look at it objectively.

Reading through the list, I found that I do about 3/4 of what Tom Corely has listed as the things the wealthy do every day (some do not apply to me because I do not have kids). So what does that mean? Does it mean I am not wealthy…or does it put me in the middle-class? Or does it prove my hand is slack at times…I will be honest, my hand has a tendency to be slack at times, but regardless I am still rich…in happiness.

It’s not my goal to be wealthy, but it is my goal to be successful at everything I pursue, when I earn success, I am happy. The great thing about success is that it is subjective, and the best thing we can do is define it for ourselves and not let others define it for us. If obtaining some wealth is a part of that journey,  then so be it; the more I have the more I can give (financially). If it is your goal to be “wealthy” then what is listed above are all great ways to help yourself achieve the goal of being financially stable. The list can also act as a great resource to use when building balanced checklist for your life. The actions cover a portion of the Physical, Mental, Spiritual, and Social balance I believe everyone should strive for.

To attain balance and achieve success in anything we choose to pursue, we must remain diligent. The endurance it takes to accomplish goals can be tiring. But I can guarantee it is not as enervating as what someone in poverty or that has unbounded debt experiences daily.  We do not choose where we are planted or how fruitful the soil in which we are planted in can be, but we do have choice when it comes to making the daily decision to continually get better. If you are not working to get better you are getting worse! 

One final thought: In no way am I trying to say all who are poor are slackers. The majority of poor people are not slackers, just planted in tough environments of cyclical poverty and poor decisions. However, there are a lot people who are poor because they are slackers, that see no problem with being lazy (limp) and/or taking hands-outs. Nevertheless, it is not my job to sit and judge them for the reason they are poor. It is however my duty to serve them, unconditionally, not matter my present financial situation. 

Deuteronomy 15 says, You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land. ESV

Sometimes the process of getting better involves sacrificing things you believe you are entitled to. Be industrious (like your great Grandpap was), do not be a let your hand have any slack, even if it means surrendering things you enjoy (i.e., comforts) for an extended period of time. Do not forget to remain balanced.

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