Understanding Industry

Industry: Habitual diligence in any employment or pursuit, either bodily or mental; steady attention to business; assiduity; — opposed to sloth and idleness; as, industry pays debts, while idleness or despair will increase them.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary

Synonyms: hard work, diligence, productiveness, conscientiousness, activity, industriousness.
Antonym: indolence.
MSN Encarta

  • Industry is application — putting effort into practice.
  • Industry is persistence — endurance, tenacity.
  • Industry is activity — busyness, motion.
  • Industry is determination — dedication and decisiveness.
  • Industry is energy — effective animation.

Benefits of Industry

  • Industry provides trust — consistent principles depended upon time after time.
  • Industry provides production — getting things accomplished.
  • Industry provides results — completing tasks.
  • Industry provides satisfaction — a job well-done.
  • Industry provides self-pride — achieving goals.

Acts of Industry in Everyday Life

  • The Bible — In Genesis when Adam and Eve were placed in the Garden of Eden it was with the expectation and understanding that they would dress it and to keep it.
  • Proverbs 13:11 — "Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labor shall increase."
  • Coaches — In life, in sports, in business, their purpose is to help bring maximum production and industry in others.
  • Time Management — The art of finding a way to allocate time to accomplish the most.
  • Positive Parenting — Teaching children to finish what they start before starting a different task.

Methods for Achieving Industry

  • Practice organization — Avoid clutter. Learn to throw out what isn't needed.
  • Log / journal accomplishments — Keep track of progress, it serves to motivate.
  • Develop routine — Built around peaks and valleys in energy.
  • Respect your body — Eat, sleep, work and relax respectfully of your body's needs.
  • Go the extra mile — Discover what is expected and strive to exceed it.

Golden Mean


Quotes for Industry

Fortune is ever seen accompanying industry.
- Oliver Goldsmith -
Rely on your own strength of body and soul. Take for your star self-reliance, faith, honesty and industry. Don't take too much advice — keep at the helm and steer your own ship, and remember that the great art of commanding is to take a fair share of the work. Fire above the mark you intend to hit. Energy, invincible determination with the right motive, are the levers that move the world.
- Noah Porter -
He who knows most grieves most for wasted time.
- Dante -
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.
- Will Rogers -
I have no secret but hard work. This is a secret that many never learn, and they don't succeed because they don't learn it. Labor is the genius that changes the world from ugliness to beauty, and the great curse to a great blessing.
- Joseph M.W. Turner -

Recommended Reading

One Year to an Organized Life: From Your Closets to Your Finances, the Week-by-Week Guide to Getting Completely Organized for Good — by Regina Leeds

In this book, the author of "The Zen of Organizing" leads readers through the year month by month and week by week with methods and techniques that help organize not only living space, but activities as they come up throughout the year. One of the best!

The Instant Productivity Toolkit — by Len Merson

An integrated system that may be a bit hard to read, but one with techniques that work better than most of the others written on the topic. Merson stresses the idea of an "EMPTY DESK." Not only how to arrange one, but most importantly, how to maintain one. Read and follow this one and the workload will absolutely become manageable.

The Productivity Handbook: New ways of leveraging your time, information, and communications — by Donald Westmore

A very small, but powerful book filled with tons of put-to-use-right-now techniques that help lead to a more productive and satisfying life. Westmore has some really useful suggestions and he presents them in a clear-cut way in this book. Well worth the read and the follow-through.

General Rules

Practice virtues daily so that they become ‘habits of the heart’.

Don‘t strive for perfection.

Never give up! Remember: even the greats have off days.

Rely on your intuition.

Avoid extremes. Strive to achieve the golden mean between excess and deficiency of a virtue.

Have fun and enjoy the program with humor and optimism.

I believe in work, hard work, and long hours of work. Men do not breakdown from overwork, but from worry and dissipation. Charles Evans Hughes