Make diligence your most important possession
By Jean Ricot Dormeus
My dad Belot and my mom Avenia taught me by example that commitment to and passion for work transforms lives. Born to modest families in poor communities, with no advanced education, they elevated themselves through hard work and discipline. They inspired many others as they climbed the ladder of success. My dad as a farmer and my mom as a trader in fabric could offer me post-graduate education. They also built a nice estate, while overcoming fear and a negative environment. So I learned firsthand that diligence is the mother of prosperity.
While people without a vision may feel oppressed by work, diligent people enjoy a high level of freedom through work. The compelling reason why the latter experience a fulfilled life is that they contribute to advance their communities and support noble causes. So we don’t work just to tend to the needs of our families, but also to build a better world and leave a strong foundation for future generations. Further, diligence helps to maintain our health and mental state in tiptop condition.
Jacqueline Walker highlights the value of diligence saying, “You can have all the talent in the world, but if you are not working hard to keep it active and demonstrate it to others, you will miss opportunities to achieve the level of success that you can reach… There are beautiful candles with wonderful scents that simply sit on a shelf or a table but rarely get noticed and don’t provide any concrete function or serve a truly useful purpose because they have no flame – they are lacking energy.”
It is an illusion to think that we can reach success and our highest potential without commitment to and passion for work. We may dream of nice houses, profitable investments, or positive impact on others as much as we want. Our dreams will grow wings and get traction only when we learn more, plan more and work smarter. As Vince Lombardi puts it, “The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work. Work is the key to success, and hard work can help you accomplish anything.”
Jean Ricot Dormeus
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