Diligence is a word I’ve been thinking about. My definition of it goes something like this: Dilligence is the ability to follow through with tasks that you are assigned, either from yourself or others. It is the determination to see something through to conclusion without second-guessing, rethinking, or fear.
It’s similar to ambition and equally important, but like so many things the devil is in the details. Ambition is the desire to do great things with your life. Dilligence is the follow-through. You can strive for and expect great things to come of your life, but if you never get around to doing the work, you will lose.
Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.
-Peter Drucker, management guy