The Power of Diligence
“He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich." (Proverbs 10:4)
To earn extra money, a co-worker became a Pampered Chef Consultant. At first, she wasn’t very good at in-home sales. She was extremely nervous when she spoke in front of groups. She did not feel comfortable trying to recruit others, so she would skip that portion of her presentation.
After attending one of her events, I said to myself, she’s not going to do this very long; however, I was wrong. Fifteen years later she became a million dollar seller, a senior executive director, and a top recruiter. She travels all over the country training others!
I spoke with her a few months ago, and during our conversation she said, “I made it! I’ve been to Italy three times and I’m making more than $100,000 a year.”
Thrilled for her, I asked, “How did you do it?” She explained that she realized if she was going to make it in the business, she needed to overcome fear and become a better presenter. In the evening, she began practicing in front of her family, and they gave her constructive feedback.
“I remember when you were afraid to recruit people,” I said.
She responded, “I know, but now I can recruit your grandmother!”
Diligence is the word to best describe her collective efforts that led her to success.
Webster’s Dictionary says the word diligence means constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; exertion of body or mind.
My friend diligently sought to overcome the hurdle called fear. She felt the fear, but set her eyes on the prize and now has the life she dreamed about.