"Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper." Proverbs 13:4 NLT

The foolish or lazy desire the gains which the diligent get, but they hate the pains which the diligent take; they covet every thing that is to be coveted, but will do nothing that is to be done; and therefore it follows, They have nothing; for he that will not labor let him hunger, and let him not eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10).


1) A diligent person is an excellent planner.
“The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5

Achieving a goal requires a detailed plan with a deadline. “Plan your work and work your plan!” Diligent people give themselves directions and then follow through on their plans. In contrast, people who dive into a project without preparing will quickly find themselves in hot water. A diligent person will both plan well and pace themselves, thus finishing projects without getting burned out.

2) A diligent person produces excellent work.
“Do you see the man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.” Proverbs 22:29

Excellent work attracts the attention of excellent people. A diligent person not only works hard, but does his or her best work every time. When you are a diligent, excellent worker, you will be offered opportunities that you never could have orchestrated on your own. For example, Dr. Benjamin Carson, a world-renowned brain surgeon, was invited to speak at the national prayer breakfast twice, which is a rare privilege. He stood before many important men, including the president, even though he is not a politician. His excellence in neurosurgery provided him a golden opportunity in a completely different field. Excellent work is truly the best promoter.

3) A diligent person is faithful in everyday tasks.
“He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough!” Proverbs 28:19

The diligent person in this verse is faithfully tending to their daily responsibilities. In other words, a diligent person will take their everyday work seriously. Instead of wasting time on things that bring no reward, a diligent person will focus their energy on productive activities, even if that work is not particularly exciting. Thankfully, even boring work will reap a harvest if we remain faithful.

4) A diligent person pushes through obstacles of all kinds.
“The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their food in the summer; the rock badgers are a feeble folk, yet they make their homes in the crags” Proverbs 30:25-26

The ants are weak, yet they still fulfill their responsibilities. The badgers are feeble, but they build their home in the crags! Often times, we are ill-equipped to complete a job. We could be inadequate, or the circumstances could be daunting. However, diligence and determination can make even the weakest person (or animal!) capable.

5) A diligent person is self-motivated.
“Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, which, having no captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.” Proverbs 6:6-8

A diligent person stays on top of their work without their boss constantly cracking the whip! They refuse to procrastinate, instead choosing to fulfill their duties in a timely manner. Just like the ants that Proverbs talks about, we should keep on top of our work without a boss or leader having to constantly oversee us.
Diligence is not cultivated overnight.

Diligence is a muscle that is strengthened with time and consistency. While a diligent person is a hard worker, they also know how to be a smart worker by being a good planner. A diligent person acquires opportunities through the excellence of their work. They also stay faithful in the everyday tasks, and they are not easily deterred by obstacles. Finally, a diligent person is self-driven and knows how to be their own boss. Due to its rarity in our culture, diligence is rapidly increasing in value. Diligence is a dynamic character trait which is a precious treasure worthy of our cultivating.

Source: 5 Characteristics of a Diligent Person by Guest Contributor on Jun 13, 2017 in Culture, Worldview