“Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.” – Proverbs 10:4
Diligence is another character trait that stems directly from an individual’s attitude. Our attitude towards whatever it is that we are doing will determine the level of diligence in which we do that task.
Diligence means to do something carefully and with endurance. With that being said, the questions I ask myself is, what if we don’t want to be doing what it is that we are currently doing?
My father always answered this question before I had to ask it growing up. Very rarely do kids actually like having to do the chores they have to do or their school assignments. My father always explained to me that diligence has to do with one’s character.
If you cannot manage the small things in your life, how can you be trusted to manage the larger things that may come your way? It has to do with an individual’s character on whether or not he or she will be diligent in the small tasks.
I think of it comes from the same attitude that people have for how they treat a janitor vs. how they treat the CEO – It’s about character.
Doing something with diligence means doing it thoroughly. With each task the diligent person double checks their work, asks themselves clarifying questions, and makes sure that their work is the best it could possibly be.
One of my favorite stories about diligence comes from Will Smith:
Diligent workers brainstorm, plan, focus, persevere, and are self-motivated. They don’t need someone to be looking over their shoulder so that they provide their best work.
A person’s best work attracts attention and opens up additional opportunities. No one wants to miss out on an opportunity just because they decided to procrastinate on a task or not give 100% to the task.
Diligence is a character trait that is not instant. It takes time to develop a diligent attitude. It takes practice to continuously try your best on each and every task even if you think it doesn’t have much meaning.
Staying faithful to the decision that you make to be a diligent worker means daily discipline. Diligence is often times something I struggle with when it comes to doing tasks I don’t believe to be that important to my end goals.
When speaking on productivity I talked about prioritizing your tasks and focusing on the tasks that have a bigger effect on your end goals.
Yes, it is important to do this, but I believe that if you do end up deciding to start a task it is your responsibility to follow through and complete it to the best of your ability – no matter the level of importance.
If you are looking for ways to take control of your own life a great spot to start is with your diligence. Diligent workers are self-starters and they do things without being told.
They don’t need a boss to tell them how to do a good job – they are their own boss. In my opinion, diligence is becoming more and more rare in our culture and that means opportunity to those who are willing to be diligent.
Cultivating diligence as a character trait is worth your time as it will increase you value in the market place and overall improve your life in many areas.
“The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.” – Proverbs 12:24