Some time ago now a man by the name of David Salyers (VP for National and Regional Marketing of Chick-Fil-A) came to speak at the ATO house. He brought with him a presentation and talk from which I took away a major concept that has helped define my perspective on life: The difference between success and excellence.
Success is measuring one’s accomplishments against the accomplishments of others. Benchmarking against a comparable for those finance people out there. Beating the previously set world record for track athletes. Getting a better grade than your friend on a test. Success is all about getting it done. Beating out the competition.
Excellence is all about one’s personal best. Running a mile faster than the mile you ran yesterday. Getting 100 on a test because you are capable of such a grade. Getting up in the morning and giving 100% of your efforts to everything you tackle for the day. Excellence is all about potential. How much effort are you willing to put in to attain the absolute best results of which you are capable.
So, is beating out the competition the best you’ve got? Or can you really dig deep and throw your heart and soul into what you’re doing? Everyone will achieve success at one point or another in life. The hard part is choosing to strive for excellence.
Excellence is one of my values. I try my hardest to put my best foot forward and give my best efforts to the organizations that I am a part of and the people in my life. Sometimes I fail. I received a test score back from one of my professors today and I realized that I was nowhere near excellent. I wasn’t even successful by any benchmark. But tomorrow is a new day. Tomorrow I can wake up and be excellent by putting in more effort to reach my potential. And so I will.
I hope you will too. I wish you excellence tomorrow fine reader.