Whatever It Takes

In Proverbs 13:4 it says: “The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.”

When you hear the word “diligence” what do you think of? I think of hard work, honesty, persistence, or striving for excellence. I get a kick out of the way the New Living Bible Translation puts it: “Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.”

I recently hear someone say this, “Success doesn’t come from being a hundred percent better than your competition, success comes from being one percent better in a hundred different ways.” 

So if you want to be successful in your company, your career or your life, it all comes down to one easy step…the extra one. So when life presents you with a challenge just ask yourself one question: ‘What else could I do?’” To succeed you’ll have to do more—maybe more than you want, more than your competition, or even more than you think you’re capable of.

The poet William Arthur Ward said: “I will do more than belong—I will participate. I will do more than care—I will help. I will do more than believe—I will practice. I will do more than be fair—I will be kind. I will do more than forgive—I will forget. I will do more than dream—I will work. I will do more than teach—I will inspire. I will do more than learn—I will enrich. I will do more than give—I will serve. I will do more than live—I will grow. I will do more than suffer—I will triumph.”

You can’t take the easy route and expect to reach your goal. Do more. Do “whatever it takes.”