Diligence is the Master Key to Success
Diligence Is the Master Key to Success
People from every culture, walk of life, and era of time have all desired to understand how to become successful in life. Therefore, success is an intrinsic desire that every human being possesses whether they realize it or not. Most of the time, however, the majority of people believe that success is exclusively defined by how wealthy an individual is. Although there is certainly nothing wrong with wanting to be wealthy, this is clearly erroneous thinking. The fact is that success is multifaceted and has many applications.
For example, success for Abraham Lincoln was to see and realize the emancipation of a people who had been subject to the horrible practice of slavery for well over two hundred years. He understood that if he was going to have any personal impact on ending this wicked practice that he would have to find a way to become the leader of the nation. What few realize, however, is that Lincoln failed at nearly everything he undertook until that glorious and wonderful day when he won the presidency.
Success for Thomas Edison was trying to discover a way to bring light into every person’s house. He failed over ten thousand times to become successful at inventing the incandescent light bulb until one day it magically happened. When asked about his numerous failures on this particular endeavor, Edison replied that his attempts were not failures, but that he discovered ten thousand ways in which to not create a light bulb!
Success for Mahatma Gandhi was to realize the liberation of the Indian people from British colonial rule through the unconventional method of civil disobedience. Up until his time, the method had rarely been practiced, if at all. He was laughed at, scorned, and ridiculed consistently. However, after a long period of time, he became a revolutionary figure and built a massive following, which ultimately broke the yoke of British tyranny.
The list goes on and on from the likes of Helen Keller to Martin Luther King Jr. But what was the mysterious secret that made all of these people extravagantly successful at reaching their goals? It was not connections, because most of these people didn’t have much influence in the beginning. It is not the law of attraction, as many assert, because positive thinking without action is dead.
So what is it? It is the art and practice of diligence; nothing more and nothing less. I remember a time when I could not write a single paragraph in my adulthood, but through the habit of diligence I am now essentially able to write lengthy articles. Many people believe that diligence is synonymous with persistence, but this is somewhat untrue. However persistence does play a crucial role in the development of diligence.
So what is diligence and how do people develop it? Diligence, in a nutshell, is “doing the right things consistently”. I will break this down even further. Diligence involves three important components, which I call the three P’s. These stand for pro-activity, precision, and persistence. All three of these elements must be active in order for diligence to be legitimately and productively activated in an individual’s life.
First, pro-activity is the art of being productive. This means that an individual must be decisive and specific in their goals and be ready to act upon them. This involves hard work, which is something that does not seem to be valued by many people any longer. However, this is the launching pad of building diligence and it is manifested by personal desire. If a person desires something bad enough, they will begin to work very hard toward the achievement of the goal.
Second, precision is the art of doing things accurately and correctly. It does not matter how hard you work towards a goal if you are not going about it the right way. This explains why Edison failed 10,000 times with the development of the light bulb. For example, as Steven K Scott has suggested, a person can work hard trying to chop down a large oak with a hacksaw, but will essentially get nowhere. In order to do the job right, they will need to buy a chainsaw. The lack or absence of precision explains why many people work hard, but seem to get nowhere. They are working in the wrong places or using unnecessary and inefficient resources to attain their goals. However, numerous failures are essential to discover the correct ways of doing things.
Finally, persistence is the art of doing things consistently and never giving up. This is the probably the most significant aspect of diligence. I have seen many hard and smart workers throughout my lifetime, but very few people seem to be persistent. They feel that somehow success is not meant for them if it does materialize within their timing. However, this is certainly not the case; they just do not possess the knowledge and wisdom of diligence.
Diligence is no respecter of persons, and if this attribute is applied diligently (HAH!), it has a 100 percent return rate! Unfortunately, most people will never have the opportunity to know or understand the true essence and meaning of diligence. Remember, in order for it to work a person must work hard, work smart, and work consistently towards the completion of their desired goals. Diligence has the unique and powerful capacity to take a man of low estate and propel him to great heights of power and influence. Therefore, don’t wait, and start the formulating the habit of diligence today!