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” but being average is ugly. Excellence, however, is for all of us. It’s about getting the most out of our talents and trying to make a little dent in the world. That way, when we move on, we will have left behind a better place for those who follow.

Good can be better and if it turns out excellent. It would be all you all shades of beautiful.

Sometimes, we look at others who are doing great and we wish we can be like them, act like them, have what they have without knowing that we have been equipped with all we desire to attain excellence. We often do not think excellence is possible because we attribute it to perfectionism.

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly.

Will Durant

Perfectionism is about shielding yourself for the fear of failure. It’s about uncertainty and doubt. Excellence, meanwhile, 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.

Ask yourself every day: Did I give the very best of myself to the world? Learn something new every day and keep turning out the best versions of you daily. 

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