A Case for Diligent Work

Wit is good; work is better. Being gifted is good; being diligent is better. Talent is good; discipline is better. Having exceptional natural abilities is great, but without a solid work ethic, it doesn’t mean much. Work beats wits like the tortoise beats the hare.

It’s a great blessing to be gifted in an area of life. However, in the final analysis, it’s not about how gifted you are; it’s about what you do with your gift. It’s about how you develop your gifts. It’s about how you use your gifts to serve others. It’s about how you use your gifts to make a positive difference in the world. And all of this requires work.

You don’t control the amount of wit you were born with. But you control the amount of work you put in. Work is the difference maker. It allows you to take the seed of your gifts and to grow them into trees that bear fruit—much fruit. Your seed may have been small—at first—but with work, you can make it grow.

As part of our journey through life, we must discover our gifts, develop them, and use them to benefit others. None of this is possible without a good dose of work. Therefore, with a gift comes the responsibility to work that gift and use it for others’ benefit.

I don’t mean to sound as if I don’t appreciate the value of your gifts. I do; as I said, they’re a great blessing. However, you must realize that this blessing comes with a responsibility, which you fulfill by working diligently. There is no substitute for it.

Have you been working your gifts? You don’t have the luxury to rest on your laurels just because you’re gifted. Many people make that mistake: they sit on their gifts. They do the strict minimum to get by. They settle for average when they could be world class. Metaphorically, they settle for a bicycle when they could have a car. It doesn’t have to be your portion. You can decide to do the work required to maximize your abilities.

Take your precious gifts and support them with sweat equity. Get to work.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.