Have you ever wanted something so badly that you were willing to do anything to achieve it? I hope so, and I hope you did the work necessary to meet your goal. Diligence is one of those virtues that is essential to a happy life. Without it, you will go nowhere and achieve nothing.

Diligence – careful and persistent work or effort.

synonyms: conscientiousness, assiduousness, assiduity, hard work, application, concentration, effort, care, industriousness, rigor, meticulousness, thoroughness

Diligence is steadfast application, assiduousness and industry; the virtue of hard work. It is one of the seven heavenly virtues.

Diligent behavior is indicative of a work ethic; a belief that work is good in itself.

A zealous and careful nature in one’s actions and work; decisive work ethic, steadfastness in belief, fortitude, and the capability of not giving up. Budgeting one’s time; monitoring one’s own activities to guard against laziness. Upholding one’s convictions at all times, especially when no one else is watching (integrity).

I believe diligence is essential. Without it we would still be living in the stone age, quite literally. As I was doing research (diligently) for this topic I came across another blog discussing the topic and I want to share its content with you today:

Diligence is the earnest, conscientious application of one’s energy to accomplish what have been undertaken; in other words, it is the exercise of investing one’s all energy to complete the assigned tasks. It is characterized by steady, earnest, and energetic applications and efforts. In simple term, it means that a diligent person continually works hard towards his or her goals, makes use of what resources and opportunities are available. He or she is vigilant to avoid errors and to stay focused on the task at hand. He or she pays careful attention to details and is dedicated to achieving quality results. Diligence provides a basis for people trusting the person with jobs that are tricky or complicated. It is important to understand that diligence does not rely on talent, but employs commitment, industry, and perseverance to transform vision into reality.

The Concept of Diligence is engraved in certain basic principles. Diligence invests time, thought, and energy into a task with the hope that it will produce a healthy return. By investing a lot, diligent individuals expect to gain a lot. They realize that what they get out of something depends upon what they are willing to put into it. Diligence does not allow a task once undertaken to remain incomplete; it rather aims at finishing the task fully. It counts the cost and sees things through to the bitter end. In fact, for the diligent persons, the satisfaction of finishing a task is often as meaningful as any praise or recognition they receive from others. Diligence also applies to both small and large tasks, significant or menial, easy or difficult. It applies the same efforts to whatever task is at hand, realizing that anything worth doing is worth doing right.

How can one be diligent? A diligent person must work hard and complete all his or her assigned tasks before going to rest or relax. In an interview with Leaders Magazine, Inc. Vladimir Putin, the current President of Russian Federation was asked what would be your advice to young people, both in Russia and in other countries, for the achievement of personal success. He replied, “As for any specific advice, I know a very old, time-tested recipe for success. Our ancestors came up with it hundreds of years ago: Diligence is the mother of success. I am sure that remains relevant today”. Abiquite Adams, wife of John Adams, 2nd US President [1735-1826] said, “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with adore and attended to with diligence”. Samuel Johnson, English poet [1709-1784] stated, “Few things are impossible to diligence and skill”.

How can one show diligence and perseverance? The answer is one should try hard no matter what the result is, because the greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time you fall. A champion is the one who gets up, even when he finds it tough to do so. Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment; full effort is full victory.

Diligence demands three basic traits- patience, flexibility and gentleness. Tasks often involve time delays beyond one’s control. Diligence accepts these challenges patiently without unneeded worry and frustration. William Penn, English Quaker Leader [1644-1718] said, “Patience and diligence, like faith, remove mountains”. When accepting the responsibility for a job, it is important to stay flexible to honor the clients. While a diligent person may work very hard and demonstrate tremendous self-discipline to stay on task, he must remain sensitive to the needs of others. He applies the necessary pressure to complete a job, but balances that drive with gentleness and a personal concern for other people. A diligent person is characterized with the following determinations: finish the task, do it right, follow instructions, concentrate on the work and not be lazy.


Now it’s a bit ironic that I’m using someone else’s work for this blog post. However, I am currently working on my thesis project and I feel that diligently focusing my attention on that is more important than generating entirely new content here, especially when it has been so aptly discussed by  on My Daily Eleven. So forgive me, because I really am trying to keep up with everything. 


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