December 5, 2011
Diligence + Time = Excellence
© David Murray for HeadHeartHand Blog, 2011.
I was listening to Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership podcast yesterday, when he said something that struck me as profoundly true: Diligence is excellence over time. Or to put it mathematically: Diligence + time = Excellence. Some might take that as a discouragement. You mean no quick fixes? No shortcuts? No magic formula? No silver bullet? That’s right.
However, I think it’s actually a huge encouragement and motivation to faithful and consistent daily living in our callings. And it looks like God wants me to hear that message because today I also came across Seth Godin’s post, Preparing for the breakthrough. Products and services succeed one person at a time, as the word slowly spreads….Doors open, sure, but not all at once. One at a time. One at a time is a little anticlimactic and difficult to get in a froth over, but one at a time is how we win and how we lose.
In a world that falsely promises instant results, “one at a time” is such a needed message. Pastors and church planters need to hear it. Parents and teachers need to hear it. Businesses need to hear it. I need to hear it. One sermon at a time. One lecture at a time. One blog at a time. One video at a time. One soul at a time. Diligence. Diligence. Diligence. And maybe one day…excellence.
Posted by SJB at 6:05 AM