The society in which you grow up determines by and large how you perceive excellence and the goal of getting the very best out of your life.
Some cultures might attribute excellence to a few brilliant, hard-working, exceptional cases.
Other cultures, such as the one in which I grew up, value modesty and urge people to try to be “average”.
Excellence, however, is for all of us. Excellence is about getting the most out of our talents. Excellence is about trying to make a little dent in the world, so that when we move on, we will have left behind a better place for those who follow.
You might think that striving for excellence means perfectionism. Perfectionism is the opposite of excellence. While perfectionism is about spending 95% of your time on the final 5% improvement in a project, excellence is all about identifying how you can reach 80% of your outcome in 20% of your time.
Perfectionism is about shielding yourself for the fear of failure, it is about uncertainty and doubt. Excellence is about knowing yourself and your strengths, taking pride in yourself and showing your talents in broad daylight to make this world a better place.
Achieving excellence is a project that takes effort in many different aspects of life. Here is a list of 50 ways to leverage your brilliance: [read]