Among the many founding fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin is broadly recognized as one of the wisest.
In only six words he said so much: “God helps those who help themselves.”
We know from the wisdom traditions that self realization or enlightenment requires lots of purposeful work. It’s only when we acquire the commitment and purpose and harness it to action that we begin to make progress.
Some read the wisdom texts as saying there should be no attachment which can be accomplished by doing absolutely nothing. That will get you absolutely nowhere.