What Excellence is Not

We have been talking about excellence and how it entails doing better than yourself in anything, no matter how small. While it is good to strive for excellence, we must know what excellence is not so that we do not misdirect our energies in the first place.

Let’s assume that we have two students (A and B), studying for the same test. In a previous test, both had scored 65%. Student A decides to study hard in other to do better. Student B does not make any attempt to study at all. A day before the test, Student B gets to see the questions so that when the results are out, Student A scores 75% while Student B scores 80%. Can we attribute Student A’s marks to excellence?

 

1. EXCELLENCE IS NOT JUST WINNING PRIZES

Excellence is not just about winning prizes and getting other people’s praise. If you are truly striving for excellence, you must be improving. Our student B that scored 80% in the test above is not an excellent student because he did not deliberately attempt to know more than he already did. Student A, on the other hand, can be said to be striving for excellence because of the effort to know more which reflected in the better grades achieved.

 

2. EXCELLENCE IS NOT STAGNATION

Excellence is progressing from one stage to another and not resting on your laurels. Let’s assume you entered a competition and won with 75% a year before. If you enter the same competition and win again with 75% on the same set of questions, you are not striving for excellence because nothing has changed. You may not be able to win a third time if you do nothing to improve your current level of knowledge. You are supposed to be progressing on the journey of excellence which makes you continue to work on yourself.

 

3. EXCELLENCE IS NOT STRIVING TO BE BETTER THAN OTHERS

It is good to draw inspiration from other people’s success, but just wanting to be better than other people is not excellence. The danger of striving to be better than someone else as a measure for excellence is that you may not reach your potential. Using other people as your benchmark for excellence already limits you. The truth is you may be better than your benchmark without knowing.

We encourage you to strive for excellence and look forward to seeing you excel.

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  • Adetunji Yemisi
    Reply

    What i learnt is that it is very good to strive for excellence.
    Striving for excellence because of prize is not encouraging because one would not improve in the task or test the person will just keep learning just a particular thing.
    While striving for excellence we need not to relent. We keep on going to improve better, because if one decide not to learn other things apart from the things he or she learnt the person will remain stagnant.
    Striving to be better than other people is not an excellent thing, because while you are striving to be better than somebody you end up focusing on the weaking point of the person, one forgets about his or her ambition.
    I love this article because there are lots of things I learnt in it.

    • Success Bridge
      Reply

      While striving for excellence we need not to relent.

  • SOLIU
    Reply

    A motivational article

  • Archibong Faith Friday
    Reply

    I learnt that excellence is simply striving to be better than the way we were yesterday.
    Having the right knowledge of what excellence is and what it is not will help us utilize our potentials.
    Therefore; Excellence is not necessarily being at the top ,it is improving on the way you were before.
    Excellence is not trying to be better than others or being jealous, it is emulating the good thing in others and improving on yourself.
    Excellence means quality in whatever you do ,so it needs discipline.
    It is not about relaxing and waiting to steal someone’s idea,it is working hard to get your own inspiration and making it outstanding.
    Finally,I learnt that excellence is acknowledging that you did not do your best before,working hard and believing that you can do better.
    Thank you..
    Archibong Faith Friday
    Ss3

    • Success Bridge
      Reply

      Excellence is improving on the way you were before!

  • Kolajo Festus
    Reply

    I learnt that: We should develop ourselves. We should strive to learn more than we know before. We should not depend on our past success or achievement.
    We should look for a way forward to surpass the level we are presently.
    We should be inspired by other.
    We should not make limit for ourselves using our inspirers.
    Excellence is not trying to be better than others.
    Thanks.

    Kolajo Festus Iyiola
    SS2

    • Success Bridge
      Reply

      Strive to learn more than you know before!

      • Uzoagba Noble
        Reply

        Though success is generally attributed to excellence, not all success is genuine and attributed to excellence. Excellence entails progressive improvement and not a constant, seemingly good result. We can do better! The fact that competition maximizes once potential doesn’t mean that to achieve excellence, you have to fight beyond your strength to be better than your counterparts. We all have unique strengths and talents and would excel in our own way. Academic success isn’t all there is. In conclusion I learnt that by fighting to surpass our counterparts, we limit ourselves.
        I’m Noble, an SS3 student.

  • Alade mariam
    Reply

    From this article , i learn that excellence is a progression from one stage to another , just like geometric progression for instance if there are two students 1 and 2
    1 scored 80% in the last exam
    2 scored 60% in the last exam
    They wrote another exam
    1 scored 80% and
    2 scored 70%
    1 is not striving for excellence but 2 is because 2 improved from 60% to 70%
    So being excellent is not about prize, fame or being better than others is just about progression in what you have interest in
    THANK YOU

    • Success Bridge
      Reply

      Excellence is progression on what you have interest in!

  • Alade Mariam Faderera
    Reply

    From this article I learn that excellence is the progression from one stage to another
    For instance
    There are two students
    1 and 2
    1 scored 86% in his last exam
    2 scored 70% in his last exam
    They wrote another exam
    1 scored 86%
    2 scored 76%
    1 is not striving by for excellence but 2 is because 2 progress from 70% to 76% but 1 score remain the same
    Being excellent is not about prize, fame or being better than others
    It is just s gradual progression
    Thank you

  • Kolajo Festus
    Reply

    I learnt that:
    We should be strive harder.
    We should learn more than we know before.
    Excellence is not just getting accolades.
    Excellence is not getting rewards.
    Excellence is developing oneself.
    Excellence is not relying on past achievement.
    Excellence is not staying at one level.
    Excellence is not setting limits using inspirers.
    Excellence is not trying to be better than others.
    Excellence is not setting boundaries using role model.
    Excellence is not counting on past success.
    Excellence is not relying on what one has known before.

    Kolajo Festus Iyiola
    SSS2

  • Oyelakin Folarin (FOYE)
    Reply

    I learnt today that excellence is not just about hitting the bullseye when shooting an arrow it’s about improving aim and your target range.
    Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.
    Excellence means challenging your limits, finding your limits and breaking them, the only limits in your life are the one you set for your self.
    Lastly excellence is the unlimited ability to improve the quality of what you have to offer. From Leader Foye thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of your day.

  • Daniel Nwafor
    Reply

    Excellence must take this room called Improvement for it to be truly the name is called.Excellence can’t just be excelling more than your colleagues but gaining upper hand to your weak points (where you are not good).
    For example,am always the first person and average the very first term was 80%, during second term,I appeared to be the first person again but with average of 80%.
    Now the example above is not attaining to excellency but stagnancy. To attain excellence,I have to go ahead my first approach to something no matter it landed me to the same result.

  • Adekola Inioluwa
    Reply

    Excellence is not all about winning prizes and getting other people to praise you. If you are truly striving for excellence, you must be improving day by day. It is also about progressing from one stage to another and not relenting. Assuming you participated in a spelling bee competition you came first by scoring 90%. You went for the same competition another time you scored 90% on the same set of questions, you are not striving for excellence because nothing has changed.
    Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. Most of us are trying hard to juggle it in life: career, work, family, self care and others. We believe that in order to be our best selves, we should ” get the most out of it”, and be on the ball in all fields of our lives. Although this article deals with excellence, you might be surprised that am not urging you to be at the top of the game in every single aspect of life. Instead, I would like to invite you to excel in those fields where you really can make a difference, so that when you move on, you shall have left behind a better world for those who follow.
    Excellence is very opposite of perfectionism. Perfectionism is losing your true self in the demand of society, and trying to emulate a person who is not you and whom you can never become. Excellence, on the other hand, is becoming the center of your own universe, and from that grounded, centered position, shining your light into the world by using your unique talents.
    Striving for excellence and not perfection. You should always remember the price of excellence.

  • Abdul Kabir
    Reply

    Excellence is progression and move forward in any attributes of live and all students should make attempt to be at first because no space for second nowadays.

  • Muhammad Sharif Aliyu
    Reply

    Excellent is not staying in one place but always keep striving,endeavor and you should be dedicated to it and you should not strive to be better than some body because it has limit and excellent is not to be better than others but to be dedicated to it on anything and some one that will scored 65% and latter he scored 65% again this is not Excellence because there is not persistent and excellence always go with continuation. Ss3

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