Thought for the Day October 20, 2014 Due Diligence

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The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius (thanks to

If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.
Samuel Johnson (thanks to

Diligence is the mother of good fortune. Benjamin Disraeli (thanks to

Diligence is the precursor of success.

chemistWhen I got out of the Army, I went to the University of Utah. Somehow I passed a chemistry test which allowed me to take chemistry with the chemistry majors. I knew nothing about chemistry, I never took it in high school, but somehow I pass that blasted test. So I was immediately lost in the classroom. I didn’t have the slightest idea about what they were talking about. So an army buddy took me to his home and spent four hours with me to teach me high school chemistry.

engineerWith that start and plenty of hard work and due diligence, I succeeded in chemistry. In fact, I decided to major in chemistry. This I changed later because I decided that I would have to be satisfied with a BS degree and I did not want to be a bench chemist. So I switched to an engineering field that utilizes chemistry. Later, after working as an engineer for five years, I returned to college and obtain the Ph.D.

None of this would have happened if I had been lax rather than diligent in learning chemistry.

violinWhen you see someone doing something with these, such as playing the violin, it is because they have practiced for a long time.

We have to be diligent in our educational activities to succeed.

cowboyWhen I watched the rodeo cowboys here in Idaho use their skills, I know that they have worked long and hard to become successful. The laggards never earn the prize money.

So exercise due diligence. The reward is success.


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