I'm in the process of reading one of the best books I've read in awhile – “The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: King Solomon's Secrets to Success, Wealth, and Happiness” by Steven Scott.
This book is fantastic and so full of truths for our lives that it is worth reading multiple times.
You can find the book here, and I highly recommend it!
One Of Solomon's Secrets To Success – Diligence
In his book Steven defines Diligence as the following:
DILIGENCE is a learnable skill that combines: creative persistence, a smart-working effort rightly planned and rightly performed in a timely, efficient, and effective manner to attain a result that is pure and of the highest quality of excellence.
He continually illustrates how being diligent isn't about being smarter or more talented it's all about working smarter, harder, and being persistent.
I love the example he gives comparing Diligence and hope, to our nuclear ships.
He lays out that the nuclear ship has a nuclear power plant and fuel.
Solomon has laid out a similar relationship with diligence and hope.
Diligence is the power plant, and Hope is the fuel that keeps it running.
He goes on to talk about how Solomon has given us clear results from being Diligent and precise results from not being Diligent.
Secrets To Success – Steps To Bring Diligence Into Your Business
Understand, that I am just hitting on the highlights of this excellent book and you should take the time to get the book and read it many times.
The 4 Steps:
1. Wake Up To Reality
“How long will you lie there,” he asks. “When will you get up from your sleep? poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.” —Proverbs 6: 9– 11
Solomon is talking about Procrastinating!
We all do it, and most people struggle with this.
I can say that this was one of my struggles early on in life.
We all need to take responsibility for our life, our attitudes, our values, and how we spend our time.
The clock is ticking and time stops for no one.
We all need to heed Solomon's words here; WAKE UP and STOP PROCRASTING!
2. Define Your Visions
Solomon wrote in Proverbs 28:19 – “Without a Vision, the People Perish.”
Without a Vision, we lose our direction, our motivation, our joy, our passion and much more.
The good news is that the converse of this verse brings all of those things into our lives and our business.
My mentor and friend, Ray Higdon, has always taught the importance of having a strong Vision.
He quotes Michael Beckwith – “The pain pushes until the vision pulls.” – Michael Bernard Beckwith
Defining a vision in your life and business is an essential part of Diligence.
In fact, Solomon believed that it was impossible to be truly diligent if you don't have a clear vision!
In Proverbs 6:6, Solomon those who lack Diligence in their lives to look closely at the ant.
Here is how Steven puts it precisely:
The ant “has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” In other words, the ant is so mission oriented that even without supervision or direction, it does exactly what it needs to do for its benefit and the benefit of the entire colony.
When you have a clear in your life and business, you will take the initiative and gain the diligence to accomplish it just like the ant.
3. Effectively Partner
“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers, they succeed.” – Proverbs 15:22
If you take a look at history, you will find that no one has ever achieved a significant project without effectively partnering and seeking outside counsel.
All of the top leaders and earners in our profession will tell you they had coaches and partners or they wouldn't be where they are today.
Having a partner or coach is essential to making the huge successes in your life and business.
4. Pursue Wisdom; Build Your Life Upon It
“How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.” – Proverbs 16:16.
The final component to becoming a diligent person in your business and life is to pursue wisdom and build your life upon its foundation.
True wisdom is something you have to search for and seek out.
It very rarely is laying there staring you in the face.
You must take the time and effort to dig for it like buried treasure.
The rewards of gaining true wisdom are literally beyond your imagination.
Steven ends this section with a Diligence Checklist that I would like to share.
Remember all of the credit here goes to Steven Scott and of Course God and Solomon!
DILIGENCE CHECKLIST DO YOU:
___ 1. Have a clear and precise vision for what you want to achieve?
___ 2. Creatively persist through disappointments and failures?
___ 3. Work smart?
___ 4. “Rightly” plan?
___ 5. “Rightly” perform?
___ 6. Work expeditiously (with target dates)?
___ 7. Work efficiently?
___ 8. Work effectively (achieving effective results)?
___ 9. Produce a result that reflects a quality outcome?
___ 10. Attain true excellence?
Again I can't stress enough that you NEED to get this book and inhale it.
One Of Solomon's Secrets To Success – Diligence Summary
Having Diligence in your life and your business will take you to success that you never dreamed of.
One of the things that Steven shares in his book is his “Vision Map Journal” which I'm not going to share here you will just have to get the book.
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