THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EXCELLENCE AND AVERAGE
”Excellence is the unlimited ability to improve the quality of what you have to offer” – Rick Pitino.
When most students hear about excellence, they might confuse it to mean getting 98-100% in an examination or test. Scoring high marks is not a bad thing, but it does not make you an excellent student. What makes you an outstanding student is your continuous quest to improve yourself.
I like to make this analogy always. Let’s say two people write the same examination in different years. Student A scores 90% in the first year, and Student B scores 65%. The next year, Student A scores 90%, and Student B scores 75%. Though Student A has scored higher, Student B is the one who is working towards excellence because of the improvement from the previous year.
An average student is a regular student who doesn’t care about improvement. He or she wants to go to class and pass anyhow. The intention here is not to discourage you if you do not score high marks but rather encourage you to put in extra effort to become better at what you know and do. You might be surprised at how well you will improve if you put in some extra effort.
For example, if you are having problems understanding a particular subject or topic, you may want to consider asking some of your friends, teachers, or other people if they can help you. It may not be easy to find someone who helps you immediately, but you will be surprised to see how far you can improve just by spending 30 minutes with someone who knows the subject or topic well. You are on your way to becoming an excellent student when you do this.
On the other hand, the average student is not bothered by what he or she does not know. He or she goes to class, does not understand the subject or topic, and will not make any effort to catch up. As a result, he or she keeps getting the same poor results every time.
No matter what you know now, there is always room for improvement. It would be best to keep improving because the world is changing so fast with new information and discoveries every day. As further information comes, older ones become obsolete. You will observe constant updates on the applications on your phone to meet the realities of the day in a bid to deliver excellent services.
We at B2SL are always willing to inspire you to improve yourself because it is the only way to remain relevant in the world today. You have the ability, time and resources to improve yourself in every area of your life. Just go for it!
I will love to hear your comments or questions in the comments section below and will be more than willing to help you on your journey.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bessy Ebule is the Project Director at B2SL, where he works to encourage personal development and build success networks. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.