Diligence & Skill: The Way to Promotion

by Jason R. Shine

I am a huge proponent of ancient wisdom. It should come as no surprise that I am a student of the proverbs of Solomon. In fact, I have begun to build my business and life around the proverb that I will share with you today: Proverbs 22:29 AMP

Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.

Many times we find ourselves in a cycle of serving the same people, and getting the same results. We desire more, but see the usual. Now this is not to say that there is anything wrong with serving the people we’ve been accustomed to; in fact we should be thankful for all those who have entrusted us with some aspect of their lives. The point is that we were made for advancement and growth. 

This proverb of Solomon is so profound because it gives us a simple two-pronged path to promotion. “Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business…” 


The first prong of promotion has to do with the heart of man. Defined as “careful and persistent work ethic,” diligence is not so much learned as it is lived. A diligent life is one that refuses to relent, give up or quit. It continues advancing regardless of the circumstances it faces along the way. It is constant and can be expected and found doing the same thing, day in and day out. It perseveres.


Skill is a mental or physical ability that can be acquired, taught and mastered. We are each born with something that we naturally do well. As we practice our skill and develop it, we become known as experts at our craft. 

Here’s where the proverbial rubber meets the road. Remember, we began with promotion consisting of not one, but two prongs? Well, there are countless men and women, boys and girls highly skilled, and even masters at their crafts. They can sing better than Frank; dance better than Michael; direct better than Steven; but they will never be famous without diligence. Contrarily there are individuals whose work ethic is like no other; they are determined, strong-willed, stubborn. They have grit but refuse to study; doomed to frustration – they lack skill.

What are you saying, Jason? I’m saying you have diligence? Great! Don’t stop there: master your skill. You are the brightest and best? Wonderful! Keep going, don’t give up, perverse. Be diligent and stand before kings! Determine which prong is lacking in your life and fill it. 

You were made for awesomeness.