WORKING TOWARDS EXCELLENCE

”Do ordinary things extraordinarily well” – Gregg Harris

We hear people saying they want excellent, exceptional, or outstanding results. Our parents often want us to get the best grades. People appreciate it when we do well in anything, be it sports, academics, music, or any other field in life. We often don’t get applauded if we have not done very well, which can pressure us and even discourage us from trying further.

Leadership guru John C. Maxwell said: “Excellence is the gap between average and exceptional.” An average person does not care much about getting exceptional results, making it difficult for such people to command attention in life. Legendary basketball coach Pat Riley defines excellence as “the gradual result of always striving to be better.” It’s the ability to exceed expectations and consistently deliver superior quality. Becoming exceptional in what you do does not come overnight. It is a process, and it requires you to work on yourself continuously. You will know you are on the journey to excellence when you start making effort to do things well, even if it is a simple chore such as sweeping the house!

If you want to be an excellent student, you must focus on understanding what you have been taught rather than scoring the highest marks. It is not wrong to score high marks, but you must be improving in your knowledge. There is a difference between being exceptional in one subject and being a student of excellence. That you have the highest grades in either Maths, English, Physics, Chemistry, etc. does not make you an excellent student. However, striving to know more about what you do not know in other subjects puts you on the path to success. An outstanding student is consistent in his personal, social, and academic life. If you are dishonest, greedy, lazy, untidy, disrespectful, or selfish, it will reflect or can affect your academic life.

An excellent student goes the extra mile in performing all tasks and is not satisfied with the average mark. An outstanding student pays attention to details. An excellent student works to earn respect and merit. An ideal student is consistent in good behavior, manners, and attitude towards people and responsibilities. He/she will reach their destination called success. Exceptional people are scarce, be one of them. The world needs people like you. Remember, excellence is not a skill; it’s an attitude—Master the art of being excellent. Excellent students are exceptional people, and extraordinary people exceed expectations. You have all it takes to become one. Why not decide to work towards excellence and make our world a better place.

I wish you all the best!

I will love to answer your questions or read your comments in the comments section below.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Henry Ibrahim is the Content Creator at B2SL. He loves working with young people to help them discover their purpose in life. You can contact him at ibrahim@b2sl.org.

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  • Samad
    Reply

    Thank you for this , but could there be more clarification as the words concerning the various attitudes of students , I mix up

  • Ajilore Daniel O.
    Reply

    Wow…so encouraging!
    Excellence is the art of success.
    An average person thinks averagely
    An exceptional person thinks extraordinary….

    “Excellence is never a skill but attitude….the climax is that, excellence is the gap between average and exceptional”

    Interesting
    God bless B2SL

    • Uzoagba Noble
      Reply

      Excellence can really be worked for

    • Aruleba martins
      Reply

      Wow,so encouraging and interesting
      (Excellence is the gap between average and exceptional),I really acknowledge this statement.
      God bless B2SL

      • Fauziya Kamarudeen
        Reply

        Waw.. so encouraging and a word is enough for a wise.

        Success is a very good for people that engaged their time to read hard, do more research and be focus in life in other to succeed.
        Being successful is not a day work, but you have to create ur time, and work extremely hard to be more excellent and eliquent to the world. So that your parents will be happy with you and the society will be proud to have you around.

        Prayer matters in everything you engage yourself in doing whether you are student or not.

        Finally, create a time, encourage yourself and keep good attitude is part of a success either.

        Thanks to B2SL

  • Aiyedusho Beatrice
    Reply

    Being an excellent student isn’t just about getting high marks but understanding and paying attention to details. Also Excellence is not a skill,it is an attitude and being excellent isn’t a day’s work but it takes time…..Nice lessons learnt, thank you

    • Samad
      Reply

      Thanks so much for this , it really is encouraging

  • Henry Ibrahim
    Reply

    “You can be exceptional in a particular subject but that doesn’t make you an excellent student”

  • Maxine
    Reply

    being excellent is really a package
    Being excellent is really different from being very good in a subject I really learnt.

  • Olufemi Samuel
    Reply

    Wow i gained a lot..
    So scoring high marks and having good grades does’nt mean you are an excellent student.
    Thanks to B2sl

  • Prince
    Reply

    Wow great and grandeur
    Now I believe getting the highest mark in math, English etc doesn’t determine your brilliancy but knowing more what you are taught
    So impressive

    • Fauziya Kamarudeen
      Reply

      Waw.. so encouraging and a word is enough for a wise.

      Success is a very good for people that engaged their time to read hard, do more research and be focus in life in other to succeed.
      Being successful is not a day work, but you have to create ur time, and work extremely hard to be more excellent and eliquent to the world. So that your parents will be happy with you and the society will be proud to have you around.

      Prayer matters in everything you engage yourself in doing whether you are student or not.

      Finally, create a time, encourage yourself and keep good attitude is part of a success either.

  • Omole Eninlaloluwa
    Reply

    Wow

    It was really an encouraging and super excellent one

    You being the best in a particular subject doesn’t make you an excellent student because your ignorance in other subjects will decrease your chances of being an excellent students

    It’s not about how best but how well

    Thanks alot sir

  • Oluwatoyin
    Reply

    Wow
    I learnt a lot from this💪
    More knowledge

  • mayowa
    Reply

    Wow Inspiring
    ”Excellence is the gap between an average person and exceptional”.
    Being an exceptional person doesn’t come overnight, it requires a lot of process. You canbe exceptional in a particular area but not a person of excellence.
    Power of consistency is needed in the journey of excellence
    You need to be consistent in everything you do

  • Olu Wa Nifemi
    Reply

    Wow🤗 this is so tremendous. Have really gained a lot,what and interesting and educating topic.
    Thanks a lot sir.

  • Kolajo Festus
    Reply

    Working towards excellence is made possible by strong determination.

  • Aiyedusho Victoria
    Reply

    Exceptionality is the key. To be excellent, one has to do things differently and extraordinarily. Thank you sir.

  • ihekuna emmanuel
    Reply

    Great work here

  • Oyebamiji Timothy Ayomide
    Reply

    EXCELLENCE=ATTITUDE=SUCCESS
    A=1
    T=20
    T=20
    I=9
    T=20
    U=21
    D=4
    E=5
    ATTITUDE = 100%

  • Aruleba martins
    Reply

    Wow so encouraging and interesting

  • Fortune
    Reply

    Quotha!!

    Improving your knowledge is more expedient than just scoring high grades

  • Daniel Nwafor
    Reply

    To be an excellent person, you try to build up the knowledge, skills you have known over time.

  • Kolawole Monsurat
    Reply

    This is so inspiring
    I learnt a lot from this piece

  • Sodiq ajadi
    Reply

    Excellent can b work for by improve ur knowledge more than scoring high mark

  • Fauziya Kamarudeen
    Reply

    Waw.. so encouraging and a word is enough for a wise.

    Success is a very good for people that engaged their time to read hard, do more research and be focus in life in other to succeed.
    Being successful is not a day work, but you have to create ur time, and work extremely hard to be more excellent and eliquent to the world. So that your parents will be happy with you and the society will be proud to have you around.

    Prayer matters in everything you engage yourself in doing whether you are student or not.

    Finally, create a time, encourage yourself and keep good attitude is part of a success either.

    Thanks to B2SL

  • Fauziya Kamarudeen
    Reply

    Waw.. so encouraging and a word is enough for a wise.

    Success is a very good for people that engaged their time to read hard, do more research and be focus in life in other to succeed.
    Being successful is not a day work, but you have to create ur time, and work extremely hard to be more excellent and eliquent to the world. So that your parents will be happy with you and the society will be proud to have you around.

    Prayer matters in everything you engage yourself in doing whether you are student or not.

    Finally, create a time, encourage yourself and keep good attitude is part of a success either.

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