Friday Filosophy #2015-29

With our webinar series beginning next week for the fall session, Friday Filosophy #2015-29 is about something we strive for, always: excellence.

Satisfaction in life is knowing that you got the best out of your attributes. Don’t settle for less than you are capable of in your life. There is much more satisfaction in overcoming challenges and problems than sailing through life without being challenged. Many famous people have said something like this in different ways with the same meaning. Never lie to your reflection in the mirror even though it is the easiest person in the world to lie to. You will never achieve what you were meant to achieve.

Today I would like to explore some differing views of excellence.


Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it. Autograph your work with excellence.

Author Unknown


The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.

Pearl S. Buck


Excellence is never an accident: it is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities.



Mediocre men work at their best; men seeking excellence strive to do better.

Edwin Louis Cole


Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.

Ralph Marston


Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.

John W Gardner


If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.

Thomas J. Watson


We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.



ABILITY is what you are capable of doing.

MOTIVATION determines what you do.

ATTTITUDE determines how well you do it.

Lou Holtz


Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.

Vince Lombardi


No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

Martin Luther King


Once you have experienced excellence you will never again be content with mediocrity.

Thomas S. Watson


The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.

Vince Lombardi


If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.

Colin Powell


Excellence in any department can be attained only by the labor of a lifetime; it is not to be purchased at a lesser price.

Samuel Johnson


Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.

Steve Jobs


Life’s like a play: it’s not the length but the excellence of the acting that matters.



How you view your work or your life is your own. How others view you is not.


The time is now.