Quote of the Day 20080418

“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 1913 -1970, Legendary Football Coach

This is very true, but should be accompanied with a word of caution. Perfectionism is the enemy of achieving excellence. Perfectionism more often than not leads to inaction. Why? How many times have you told yourself, well I can’t give this 100% of my time, attention or energy so I’ll just do it later? Only to find that you never take any action on whatever it was? Remember the path to excellence is made up of innumerable tiny improvements made over time. Improvements that no one else, and maybe not even you, will see until you’ve arrived. Take those little steps, make those little adjustements and you will become excellent in your field of endeavor.

Also, know that more likely than not, you will be terrible in the beginning. Don’t let that discourage you. Just keep working at it, keep improving. I’ve never met anyone who learned to play the piano or golf in one day. I’ve never met anyone who wrote an entire book in one sitting. It’s a little bit, day in and day out, over an extended period of time. Simple disciplines that seem to make no difference in the act of doing them that make all the difference, The Slight Edge.


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