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.by