The 21st century way to wealth: earned leisure
By Jeffrey Reeves MA
Editor's note: Jeffrey Reeves' introduction to "The Way to Wealth" provides an overview of this weekly blog series.
“This leisure the diligent man will obtain, but the lazy man never; for a life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things.”
Benjamin Franklin in the persona of Father Abraham
The option of having a choice about how to spend your time and energy results from being diligent. You’ve seen it a hundred times; the slacker remains a slacker all his or her life; the hard worker grows in stature at work and in the community. The slacker ends up with few choices and the diligent person with many.
Leisure is the reward of work. Laziness is trying to gain the reward without doing the work, which — by way of observation — takes just as much work as that done by the diligent person.
Look around you and see this truth in the lives of those you know and perhaps in your own life as well.