#6. Industry. Lose no time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions.
In the book, Rick teaches Shawn about the magic Franklin half dollar coin, and the “tails” side of the coin is Industry.
‘Tails’ means Industry. If you flip that coin and it comes up Tails, then Industry tells you that you need to get off your tail and you need to get out there and work. If you’re on the job, good things happen. Generally speaking, if you work hard, you’ll be rewarded for your work. Much of society has forgotten the virtue of hard work. Hard work pays off. So that’s it. Pretty simple, huh?”
I’m thankful for my dad who taught me to work on our family farm. There’s always work to be done at the farm. Fixing fences, cleaning stalls, digging ditches, hauling hay, grooming horses, repairing equipment, and countless other jobs. In fixing fences, we learned about efficiencies. It would take maybe 20 minutes to figure out the first process. Then, the next time, it would only take 10 minutes, then five. We learned how to cut off unnecessary actions.
The thing about the farm is that there’s always work to be done there. So, it doesn’t really matter which job you do, but just be employed in doing something!