KC29: The Value & Skill of Diligence – Your Guaranteed Edge In Life & Business Episode
Are you looking for a truly guaranteed edge in your life & business?
Do you intend to realize your dreams and visions in as short a time as possible?
Seeking to multiply your monthly and annual income?
In this episode, I’ll share with you on the value & skill of diligence and how much it can impact your life!
Just What Is Diligence?
Diligence is defined as the constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; persistent exertion of body or mind
Similar words include industrious and hardworking
Now this is a skill one can develop over time…
In my younger, schooling years, I was definitely not as diligent as I am these days.
I probably first noted & was awakened to this skill by my mentor when I saw him work very hard and reaping the rewards of it.
I’m certain it influenced me to put in more effort since then and this caused my annual income to literally double year on year as I kept working more diligently.
On one particular occasion many years ago, I was just enjoying my walk in a park contemplating in silence & solitude and reflecting on how my life has panned out thus far and also recollecting my blessings & life learnings.
As I sat down on the park bench after some time of strolling, I noticed a few ants scurrying around on it.
Right there and then, I was brought to remember some key Bible verses I knew.
Verses & Quotes About Diligence
Allow me to share some with you now…
“Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.” – Proverbs 6:6-8
“The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing;
But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.” – Proverbs 13:4
“In all labor there is profit, But idle chatter leads only to poverty.” – Proverbs 14:23
“The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.” – Proverbs 21:5
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going” – Ecc 9:10
This was a verse I used to put up on my bedroom wall before I got married.
Someone also once said… “The harder I work, the luckier I get”
A line in Rudyard Kipling’s The Glory of the Garden poem reads…
“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful!’ and sitting in the shade.”
And my mentor taught… “Every effort has its rewards”
In my experience, while talent is good, it isn’t nearly as important as diligence
Diligent people are valued everywhere, lazy people aren’t
The average person works 40 hours a week while entrepreneurs tend to work a lot more
While the point isn’t so much about clocking as many hours as possible, it’s more about the spirit and attitude one carries
On this note, I continuously surround myself with massive doers and action takers because I’m conscious everything matters especially my environment
Simple Ways To Practise Diligence
So what are some simple ways you can apply diligence right away?
If you’re looking for a job and employment right now, double, triple or even quadruple the number of résumés or CVs you send out!
Should you be in sales, get in touch with even more prospects, leads & existing clients
Do you own or run businesses?
Create stronger partnerships, produce more content, talk to more people, etc
This doesn’t just apply to the workplace…
It is a skill we should also use at home and at play
As we bring this episode to a close, do a self-audit and figure out where you need to apply even more diligence in your life
Next, commit to a simple & sure way of getting started in that area with a trim tab
Because after all, the value & skill of diligence is our guaranteed edge in life & business!