Are you practicing the virtue of industry? Here are 5 questions to ask yourself or your Ben Franklin Circle.

Franklin’s definition: “Lose no time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions.”


1. Franklin writes, “Be always employed in something useful.” What’s your definition of “something useful”?


2. What are some examples of those “unnecessary actions” that Franklin thinks we should cut off?


3. Today, we might call industry by another name, “productivity.” Do you consider yourself a productive person? Do you think our society is productive?


4. Should we leave time for idleness in our lives—for moments or periods when we are at rest and not engaged in anything “useful”?


5. How can our practice of industry benefit the larger community?