diligence

The idea of “hustle” is permeating the current work environment, especially for those of us who are entrepreneurs. For me, that word comes with the connotation of working tirelessly, to the point of exhaustion, giving it 100% all of the time. Perhaps that comes from growing up in a household with a coach. I watch brilliant people around me diving into the “hustle” mindset at the expense of their wellbeing.

That said, if I sit with the “trust that the universe will provide” mindset as an entrepreneur, I will likely not be able to pay my rent.

Where is the happy medium?

Recently I spent time with a group of leaders in Santa Monica and the phrase “fun diligence” was introduced to the group during a session in which we were getting real about our lives.

Diligence as defined by Merriam-Webster is a “steady, earnest, and energetic effort”.

I believe in working hard for things, don’t get me wrong. And there is a way to work hard that leaves us refueled and fulfilled enough to live our lives fully. It is not necessary to work 24 hours a day to accomplish great things. Work does not have to be hard. It DOES however require diligence. It requires us to approach our work with energy and effort.

What I love about the distinction of “fun” diligence is that we can work hard and have fun all at the same time. I see examples of this all over, on the surface, it may look like some of these companies and individuals are living THE most fun lives. And when you spend time with them, it becomes very clear that there is a lot of hard work going on. When individuals are having fun while working hard, it is a good indication that they are doing the correct work.

The other side of diligence is being able to restore and nurture. Talk to any athlete and they will tell you that recovery, nutrition, hydration, any self-care really, is essential to their performance. That goes for our mind and soul as well. If we are not caring for our entire beings, we become depleted and unable to give “steady, earnest, and energetic effort”.

I encourage you to spend time thinking about a few things:

1.     What are you willing to be diligent about?

2.     What is fun about it for you?

3.     How do you ensure you can sustain your diligent effort?

I ask myself these questions about my career, my health, and how I spend my free time. I know I will not have a diligent running practice, and that I could walk for hours everyday with a smile on my face. Guess which I choose?

Now go work DILIGENTLY and have FUN.