Diligence is one of the seven heavenly virtues. Diligent behavior is indicative of a work ethica belief that work is good in itself. Diligence is carefulness and persistent effort or work..

In students

Bernard et al. suggest diligence in a student is defined as an effort he or she puts towards balanced and holistic development in mental, physical, social and spiritual dimensions. They find diligence in students is correlated with academic performance. This is especially found in younger students. The support of parents and educators encourages students to be diligent. Other factors which encourage diligence in students include motivation, discipline, concentration, responsibility and devotedness.

In Buddhism

The last words of the Buddha were "Strive on with diligence." Diligence is an integral part of all Buddhist teaching, and is considered the fourth of the pāramitā. In Mahayana tradition diligence is the third pāramitā and the first which is said to lead to liberation. The practice of diligence will bring an increase of qualities.

In Christianity

Diligence, in Christianity, is the effort to do one's part, while keeping faith and reliance in God. In other words, diligence and faith are two sides of a mystery. One does not know how, despite one's effort, it all works out. But diligence, when combined with faith, assures spiritual success. Diligence as one of seven virtues describes thoroughness, completeness, and persistence of an action, particularly in matters of faith.

In Islam

In Hinduism

According to Brian Hatcher, the precepts of Hinduism require a human being to discover and live a dharmic life. To live a dharmic life, one must live with right intention with diligence, and with concern for well being of others. The Hindus celebrate Diwali, a festival of lights, where Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped; the goddess symbolizes thorough preparation, being organized, diligent and honest. These characteristics are considered by Hindus as essential for success and Shubh Labh.

Due diligence

Due diligence is the necessary amount of diligence required in a professional activity to avoid being negligent. This commonly arises in major acquisitions where the legal principle of caveat emptor requires the purchaser to make diligent inquiries about the property or service being sold.