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 bessy.ebule@b2sl.org.

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  • @ fauzee
    Reply

    Waw…
    Good work, excellent students is building towards success while average students is lacking behind, so an average person too can improve more to achieve a goal.

    Thanks to B2SL, you did a great job.

  • Ajilore Daniel O.
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    What makes me exceptional is the willingness and ability to learn more… there’s always been an iota of self-improvement in every areas of concern… problems awaits solutions, hardworks awaits success….We are all CREATIVE THINKERS…

    #THINK BEYOND THE CAN

    Thanks to B2SL.

    • Oyedeji ifeoluwa
      Reply

      Wow
      This is good
      Thanks for sharing this with us
      Excellent student must work towards success while average student is lacking behind

  • Ajagbe Ayobami Simon ss1
    Reply

    What I understand here is that…
    Excellent people work towards their success to be able to become something in life while Average people are the one that did not want to improve or to work hard to their success.
    Excellent students never relent they always work hard to be the best
    Average students they did not want improvement in their education, they are the one lacking behind.
    Thanks for sharing us this

    • Taiwo ogunji
      Reply

      Excellent students never relent they always work hard to be the best
      Average students they did not want improvement in their education, they are the one lacking behind.
      Thanks for sharing us this

  • Temiloluwa
    Reply

    Wow enlightening write up.

  • Sodiq ajadi
    Reply

    Excellent students must work to achieve success while average students is lacking behind or not to improve in their education.

  • Bimbo
    Reply

    Nothing can stop you when you want to always work on or improve yourself, as I have learnt here and know before, you re excellent when you never stop improving.

  • Omole Eninlaloluwa
    Reply

    Excellence is not about being the top in what one does

    It’s just about an increase in one’s knowledge and decrease in one’s ignorance based on that area or aspect of life

    Thanks sir

  • Kolajo Festus
    Reply

    Making more efforts to improve yourself is a way of becoming more excellent

  • ihekuna emmanuel
    Reply

    Wow this is really great
    An excellent student must really work to achieve their aim but an average student always lack behind
    Thanks to B2SL❤

  • Aiyedusho Victoria
    Reply

    Getting high grades isn’t excellence, but improving in tasks is. To be excellent in life, we need to move with people who are more knowledgeable than we are. Not only that, we should ask questions when confused about one thing or the other. Thank you sir.

    • Solomon prince
      Reply

      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
      Impressive

  • Aruleba martins
    Reply

    Awwwn
    Enlighting and interesting
    An excellent student work towards achieving success while an average student lacks behind

  • Noble
    Reply

    Mediocrity is never a trait related to excellence

    Being comfortable as an average person is an enemy of success

  • Maxine
    Reply

    An eye opener

  • Aiyedusho Beatrice
    Reply

    Scoring high mark doesn’t make one intelligent…..

  • Blessing James
    Reply

    Wow!
    Seeking for improvement makes one an outstanding and excellent student

  • Fortune
    Reply

    Immense zest to improve yourself is what makes you an excellent student… One that stands out

  • Daniel Nwafor
    Reply

    Great one. Excellent students or people usually build upon what they have.

  • Ajagbe Ayobami Simon
    Reply

    Excellent students most work very hard to achieve success While
    Average students are the one that did not want to improve in there education

  • Damilola Esther
    Reply

    You are so right sir…. Not everyone is willing to be the best
    But some are… And we must not criticize others In what they don’t know … We rather help them
    Thanks to B2SL

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