Wednesday, April 4, 2012

D is for Diligence

Diligence: noun, consistent, earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken.

Woody Allen once said, "Eighty percent of success is showing up."

Determination is a good thing, but determination can all too easily wane. (Right about now anyone who has ever been on a diet and exercise program is hollering, "Amen!") Plus, determination will only take you so far - it gets interrupted by all manner of things.

Diligence, on the other hand, is about showing up no matter what, paying attention to the nuance in your day, and adjusting accordingly in order to get things done.

I find it ironic that the french definition of diligence (dee-lee-zhahns)is a stagecoach.

No matter the destination, diligence will carry you on the journey.


  1. Hi Barb, thanks for explaining the difference between determination and diligence. Wishing you all diligence for the rest of this challenge!

    This is me, Duncan D. Horne, visiting you from the A-Z challenge, wishing you all the best throughout April and beyond.

    Duncan In Kuantan

  2. Hopefully we are all able to harness that diligence to carry us through the a to z challenge!


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