The key to success is diligence.
Most people think that they understand what diligence means, but nothing could be short from the truth. According to Solomon diligence is a trait, as rare as a ten-carat diamond and since it is so rare that true diligence runs contrary to human nature.
We all have traits that are imbedded in our human nature. And these traits lead our natural drives, inclinations, strengths, and weaknesses. Diligence, however, is not one of them. In truth, the character common to all humans is our desire or drive for instant or effortless gratification. To amass everything as much as we can, as fast we can and with as little effort as possible is our common ambition. As water tends to flow in the least resistant path, we too have this natural inclination, acquire everything effortlessly. But the outcome will be mediocre. Despite of this natural inclination, fortunately, we can choose to follow a path of greater resistance and become diligent in the pursuit of any endeavour or goal. This is the diligence that Solomon talks about and this diligence will lift us to the level of achieving incredible outcomes in any significant area of our life.
Do you see a man diligent in his business?
He shall stand before kings.
In any endeavour we undertake, or any goal we pursue, we can experience outcomes that are incredible, great, good, okay, poor, terrible, or catastrophic. In my fifty-plus years, I have experienced all of these outcomes personally, professionally, and financially. Studying the lives of many of history’s most famous people, I discovered that, they, too, have experienced the array of these outcomes in one or more areas of their lives. But in the areas of their greatest achievements, without exception, they have achieved incredible outcomes. And every one of them achieved their incredible outcomes because they learned and developed one simple, yet incredibly powerful skill. This skill was their key to achieving their impossible dreams. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Ford, Sam Walton, Walt Disney, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg are just a few of people who have used it. The truth is, whenever it is used, it ultimately brings out incredible outcomes. Furthermore, incredible outcomes are almost never achieved without it.
Regrettably, less than one in a thousand people fully utilize it. The good news is that it is a skill that can be easily learned. And it can be used by anyone, regardless of their background, education or IQ.
What is that unique skill?