The Pursuit of Excellence

You don’t have to beat everybody to be excellent, that is competition. You just need to give your best till there is nothing left to give”

Excellence is performing at your highest level. It means that you’re going beyond what’s expected of what you or others are doing. Excellence is not just doing better than others, but the gradual result of always striving to do better than your best if you can. Your average grade may be 80%, 85%, 90%, or the highest in your class, but being excellent demands that you ask yourself if that is all you can achieve?

To achieve excellence, you must do everything you can to be the best version of yourself daily. The pursuit of excellence cannot be a one-off action; it must be a journey that calls for the investment of time and sustained attention on not only what you’re doing correctly, but also what you are doing incorrectly. You don’t have to beat everybody to be excellent, that is competition. You just need to give your best till there is nothing left to give.

The road to excellence is always under construction. You may be talented at anything, but talent alone does not lead to excellence, you need to also be consistent, hardworking, and diligent. Aristotle and other philosophers postulated that “excellence is not an act: rather, it is a habit that develops into a way of life – the lifestyle – of the individual.” So, anytime your teacher marks your assignment, test, or exam papers and makes comments on how you have improved significantly from your last performance, you mustn’t relent because you have started your journey to excellence.

Everyone can perform excellently in what he/she does. Booker T. Washington said, “Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.” This means that you can strive for excellence in seemingly little tasks like washing dishes, going on errands, as well as working on your school assignments. When you are pursuing excellence, everything you do will be affected, even if it is sweeping the floor!

Excellence comes with a price, the price of dedication, hard work, and diligence. No wonder Angela Duckworth reminds us that there are no shortcuts to true excellence. Malcolm Gladwell popularized the research that shows it takes an average of 10,000 hours of practice to achieve excellence. Wow! That means doing, doing, and doing again.

So, what are you doing now? How often and how long do you do it? Are you putting in your best? Ask yourself if you are headed to average, good, best, or excellence. If you will not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your life. So why not go for it?

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  • Uzoagba Noble
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    Excellence is really a product of hard work and perseverance. As Cristiano Ronaldo said Talent without hardwork still leads to failure. Most of us are talented but don’t excel because we rely on our talent alone. This doesn’t work like that. In a bid to excel one has to go the extra mile. In a class you might be the best but the challenge is ‘can you measure up on the international stage? Can it be said that you are one of the best in what you do?’ This should be the aim of everyone who is naturally blessed with academic intelligence and any other talent. You can’t do what others do, though you are more talented, and expect to be termed excellent. Haven’t you heard that with great power (talent) comes great responsibility? Don’t you know that you are a failure if you don’t soar above in your peers and excel in what you are naturally gifted at?

    You should know that the opposite of excellence isn’t failure rather mediocrity. Do not think that because you’re doing just fine and good you have excelled. If you’re gifted in doing something maybe a skill, that, should bring you to an international stage where you would be celebrated. It shouldn’t keep you at an average level.

    Always remember that without hardwork, perseverance, commitment, dedication, you wouldn’t maximize your potential, which you make you an average individual rather than the excellent person you were destined to become.

    • Success Bridge
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      True talk! The opposite of excellence is mediocrity and not failure.

    • Daniel Nwafor
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      Excellence is doing everything not anything at your very best. Before one can attain to the peak of excellence, you must invest your time and be consistent. Excellence is not always going ahead of your peers but going ahead of that your abilities and capabilities.Excellence always comes from people who like to pay the price of hard work.To be able to get to peak of excellence, one have to go through the whole process to achieve not trying to achieve it through short cut.For Example, for me achieve excellence in my academic,I have struggle to read all my books and be consistent in attending classes not missing classes and not reading or hoping for malpractice to achieve excellence.To be an excellent human being,I will have to reach to the point where excellency in everything becomes my way of life or lifestyle.Excellence often comes with you determining on the very thing you want to do or it’s self determination not people’s determination to get at the peak of excellence.Excellence requires a high level of practice.A saying puts this way,”Practice makes perfection”.

  • Oyelakin Folarin (FOYE)
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    Excellence means being the best this striving to be better. People who are excellent today aren’t born with excellence.colin Powell said and I quote “excellence is a prevailing attitude” you have to be disciplined and persistent to be excellent.
    Oprah Winfrey said and I quote”let excellence be your brand, when you are excellent, you become unforgettable.
    Mind you don’t confuse Excellence with perfection. Michael J . Fox said and I quote “be careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach for Perfection is God business”
    Perfection is a phobia , and when you focus too much on perfection you tend to make mistakes BUT when you emphasis on excellence you find it easier to deliver and be your best. FROM FOYE A MEMBER OF THE B2SL SUCCESS HUB. THANK YOU AND HAPPY NEW MONTH.

    • Success Bridge
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      Excellence truly is a prevailing attitude.

  • Adekola Inioluwa
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    Excellence means doing your best at whatever you do. Doing your best requires competence. But that competence doesn’t come without effort. As Olympic swimming medallist mark spitz put it, ‘we all love to win but how many people love to train?. Excellence is a calls of discipline character. It’s enhancing your own abilities and competing with yourself. It about becoming passionate and enthusiastic about your work and displaying the highest of standard at all times.
    It’s not just doing better than others, but the gradual result of always striving to do better than your best if you can. You may also be talented, but being talented alone does not lead to excellence. Ordinary people, when confronted with a challenge, ask, “can I do it?”. Extraordinary people, who pursue excellence as a pattern, ask,” How can I do it ?”. The difference between excellence and mediocrity is the power driving the single word “how”, and that word is available to all of us at every moment. Excellence is not an act but a habit.
    People who strive for excellence are not fearful of change or challenges but will make things happen despite all odds. Excellent people always do their best and are impeccable about keeping their word. When you are commended of doing good in your works, you don’t have to relent but work more harder. You should always remember that excellence comes with a price, the price of dedication, hard work and diligence.
    So, once we form the habit of striving for excellence, it becomes our second nature, and we pursue excellence.

    • Success Bridge
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      Excellence calls for discipline in character.

  • Alade mariam Faderera
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    Excellent a great word to be achieved, Excellent is a gradual progression in what you are doing or trying to achieve but achieving excellence is like climbing a ladder to success, To achieve excellence , you have to be hardworking, committed, persistence , always remember that God is with you , be prayerful, and don’t be afraid of making mistake or failing because
    Excellence is not final
    Failure is not fatal
    It is just your ability to stand out with any of that happen
    FROM ALADE MARIAM FADERERA A MEMBER OF B2SL STUDENT HUB
    Thank you and Good day

    • Success Bridge
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      Excellence is a gradual progression in making things better than the way they were before.

    • Muhammad Sharif Aliyu
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      Any thing in this world need hard working and perseverance,Being educated and talented is not enough but via to success, success will not come over night one has to be patient, endurance, perpetual and dedicated to work.Talent and dedication are tools for measurement the success in life.When you lack one of them you succeed but little why? because is among the best, and the best emerge international.

      • Success Bridge
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        Hardwork and perseverance needed to have a hit at excellence.

  • Atunure ejiro
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    According to the longman dictionary of contemporary English, excellence is the quality of being extremely good.
    Everyone has a different idea on what this is all about, but for my own I will say the pursuit of excellence lies on the palm of everyone. A man can be able to accomplish this task by ;
    1. Setting a goal: This can help him or her to know their direction. Without thus goal the aim of becoming an excellent man cannot be accomplished and this will have an effect in
    2. Don’t despise small beginning: A small beginning might be a trial to your pursuit and u must learn to stay focus on what you are doing. Many people have challenges in life because of focusing, starting with a small beginning, hoping for a greater ending, more importantly, have a lot to do with procrastination.
    3. Avoid procrastination: Anyone who procrastinate will never know the result so its best to avoid procrastination and make use of the word “NOW”. The word is just three letter words but it has a long way in pursuit of excellence.
    4. Put work first before pleasure: Do not spend times on things that do not matter.
    5. Do not be hasty: Timing is very important. When u can be able to avoid procrastination, you can be to set a specific time for a specific action.
    6. Surround your self with good company: according to 1corinthians 15:33 says that evil communication (company) corrupt good manners. Your good plans can be ruined by the company you keep. You become like those you associate With, so choose ur associates wisely.
    I believe that with all this, you can pursuit your goal wisely and make your dreams become reality

    • Success Bridge
      Reply

      The pursuit of excellence lies on the palm of everyone. You and only can decide to live a life of excellence.

  • Julius Andrew
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    I’m so inspired with this great article from this great mind, keep it up, the Lord is your strength.

    • Atunure ejiro
      Reply

      Amen

  • Mathew Odiniya
    Reply

    The pursuit of excellence can also be finding that inner peace derived from achieving the best possible outcome of any given situation. Just positive vibes and consistency.

  • Sarah J.M
    Reply

    Wow!
    So Inspiring….

    “Talent isn’t enough”…..
    Its all about discipline n hardwork.

  • Al-Hussain Isah Yakubu
    Reply

    Great stuff Henry! It’s really educative, motivative and inspirative as well. How I wish it will get to the ears of our teeming youth who think there is shortcut to greatness and excellence.

  • Kalavo Thomas Kwalla
    Reply

    Now I know that excellence is a sustained progression of ones utmost act.
    A good piece to be archived for my daughter and her unborn siblings.

  • Benjamin Mamza
    Reply

    Good write up on the persuit of excellence.
    Determination, courage and persistent in areas of interest. No matter how long it takes and how rough it may be, with these three in mind; determination, courage and persistent, success surely will be achieved.

  • Noah Anita
    Reply

    Excellence is performing at your highest level. It means that you’re going beyond what’s expected of you or what you and others are doing. Excellence is not just doing better than others, but the gradual result of always striving to do better than your best if you can.
    To achieve excellence, you must do everything you can to be the best version of yourself daily. The pursuit of excellence cannot be a one- off action ;It must be a journey that calls for the investment of time and sustained attention. You don’t have to beat everybody to be excellent that is competition. You just need to give your best till there is nothing left to give.
    The road to excellence is always under construction. You may be talented at anything, but talent alone does not lead to excellence, you need to also be consistent, hardworking and diligent. Aristotle and other philosophers postulated that”excellence is not an act, rather it is a habit that develops into a way of life”.
    Excellence comes with a price, the price of dedication, hard work and diligence.
    Thank You.

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