If you have already read this introduction, simply scroll down and begin reading about Sloth; otherwise, it is recommended that you read it below.
Let’s examine the impact of these common vices on your business and overall income. You may believe that the concept of deadly sins is religious in nature and therefore does not apply to you, but you may refer to them as negative tendencies. The reality is that they exist in varying degrees of intensity in the majority of people.
You may be unaware that one of these tendencies is affecting you until I detail them. If you recognize a problem, I will also provide you with the solution so that you can resolve it. I will now explain and contrast the most prevalent negative characteristics of people with their corresponding positive characteristics.
Before we begin, I need to inform you of something…
I. The majority of sins are motivated by FEAR.
II. The majority of virtues are derived from: LOVE.
III. Sins, vices, and negative tendencies exemplify weakness, whereas virtues exemplify strength.
COURAGE/CONFIDENCE, in my opinion, is the greatest virtue of all, because it is the direct result of love, which dispels fear and sows all other virtues in human hearts.
This is the first in a series of articles on the subject. The entire series is comprised of the following articles…
This sin is associated with the avoidance of mental or physical labor. It is related to procrastination. For instance, sometimes individuals are required to perform critical tasks and state: I will complete it later. I’m going to do it next week They never do.
This, I believe, is the gravest of the above-mentioned business sins. Lazy people despise work, and earning money necessitates some effort. Even if you discover a more efficient method of earning money, some effort will almost always be required.
Sloth is more than a desire to avoid mental or physical labor. This, like the majority of other sins, is motivated by fear. This fear can cause individuals to avoid making critical business decisions. Someone may be overworked and dissatisfied with the results of his or her efforts. That is because what matters is not the amount of effort you put in, but the effectiveness of your efforts.
Certain tasks are significantly more efficient than others. Certain individuals work long hours but fail to produce the desired results. By avoiding certain tasks, they can render their efforts ineffective. What matters in the end are the outcomes. Leverage allows you to earn more money while working less, but leverage requires that you do certain things.
For instance, some individuals may struggle for months to produce certain products for their businesses. They require a more efficient method of manufacturing those products. They come up with an excellent and simple idea to build a machine that will assist them in producing those products more quickly and easily.
That machine is a textbook example of leverage. The issue is that they are so adapted to performing tasks in an ad hoc manner that they do not take the time to build that machine.
They may cite a variety of reasons for not having done so already. They may claim that they lack the necessary time or resources, or that they are unsure whether the plan will succeed.
Six months later, they are frustrated by the amount of work they are required to perform on a daily basis. As a result, they are adamant about building the machine. They complete it within a week. They produce slightly less than usual during that week. They invest considerable time and effort in developing that machine. That is a task they have been avoiding for an extended period of time.
After building and testing the machine, they realize that their failure to do so previously was a mistake. They can now produce the same amount of products in one hour as they could in eight hours. They now work only two hours per day and earn double what they did previously. They spend the remainder of their time marketing the product or simply relaxing and enjoying themselves.
Allow me to provide another illustration. In this instance, we are not discussing a business owner, but rather an employee. This individual is single and in his or her twenties. He owes few debts. We could assert that he is perfectly fine. He does, however, have two jobs and is considering adding a third. The reason is that he wishes to increase his earnings.
The only issue is that he is overworked and underpaid. He earns close to minimum wage in both jobs. Within a few months, he realizes that his best course of action is to study something and find a better paying job. He avoids that task for an extended period of time.
It is frequently more convenient to continue doing what you are doing than to change. This is referred to as inertia. When bodies are in motion, they tend to stay in motion, and changing direction can be difficult at times.
After three years of frustration, this individual makes a decision to pursue education. He dislikes school and thus pursues a technical career. He maintains a full-time job while also studying full-time, which is not easy for most people, but he manages. He still feels as if he is working two jobs.
This individual completes his studies after two years. Then he advances in his career. He is now earning double what he was earning in his two full-time jobs, and he is working part-time. He senses his glory and cannot believe it.
He now has significantly more free time as a result of his new job. He also has more money. As a result, this individual now has options that he previously did not have. He can either continue studying and seek a better job, or he can save money, start his own business, and work for himself. The third option is to simply have more fun and take pleasure in life.
There are numerous additional examples similar to those listed above. On the basis of the examples above, it cannot be said that those individuals were slothful. Indeed, if someone said that to them, they would be extremely offended. They were both overworked. They were spent. They were pressed for time and had no time for anything else. They may have felt like extremely hardworking people during that time period.
They may have been partially correct, but being lazy does not mean sitting around doing nothing. I believe that the majority of people work in some capacity. The point is that regardless of what you do for a living, you will encounter numerous tedious tasks that you will postpone and avoid. Numerous those tasks determine whether your work becomes productive or ineffective.
Sloth develops as a result of an unconscious fear. You may not be afraid of work in and of itself, but you may be afraid of other things. For instance, you may dislike dealing with people. Customer service may be a requirement of your job or business. This is something you despise doing. It is a task you wish to avoid. It is what makes you want to give up.
If you’ve had a variety of jobs or businesses, you may notice a pattern. What is it that causes you to avoid work? It could be due to physical exertion. It could be nerve-wracking situations. Oftentimes, what makes you despise work is fear. If you can overcome that, you will be able to complete those tasks that you recognize as critical and will make a difference.
Even if you work excessively hard and long hours, you may fall victim to this negative tendency if you avoid important tasks because they are uncomfortable and spend the majority of your time on tasks you enjoy.
Sloth is the polar opposite of zeal, which is a disposition to resolve matters and problems expeditiously.
Zealots do not conceal themselves behind a pillow. They deal with critical issues expeditiously. At times, procrastination is beneficial. Individuals require space to determine what they truly want to do. On the other hand, some people are constantly deferring critical tasks for the future and never accomplish anything.
If you read the previous articles in this series, you’ll notice that the common denominator of these negative tendencies is selfishness. If you are at peace with yourself, your daily actions will reflect one or more of these tendencies. The solution is to adopt a less self-centered way of life. By altering your attitude, you have the potential to alter the outcome of your actions. You may be astounded by the outcome and will feel fulfilled and successful.