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. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. — Aristotle
We are what we do every day. So, we are all things, activities, habits, and thoughts we repeatedly do.
“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. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” —Aristotle
Winners create a mindset that happens when incremental choices become their being. Winners might lose a big game, miss an important shot or even have a business fail. But winners don’t make excuses or whine, they learn from mistakes or failures and grow. They analyze what to work on and focus on becoming better for when the opportunity comes again.
Winners expect a positive result and do not rely on hope. They create their own destiny by incremental improvements every single day. Start winning and stop whining.
Kennesaw- Peter Drucker emphasized simplicity for decades. Part of his genius was the ability to take complex problems and break them down into simple observations that can be analyzed. “A turnaround requires abandoning whatever does not perform and doing more of what does perform”. Post-Capitalist Society
His message to us is to improve effectiveness by concentrating more on what works. Can’t get much simpler than that.
Encourage excellence by helping others focus on improving their strengths.
Click the link below to be redirected to a video segment of an interview with Drucker on his philosophies:
Folks who know me, also know I can be a little eccentric, absent-minded, and sometimes in a world of my own. Encouraging Excellence is a motto that was embraced by me to keep others positive and myself focused on the big picture of what we can accomplish if we put our minds and hearts into making a difference. Here is an article about the daily routines of some highly accomplished people as they made their impact on the world. You will enjoy reading about some of the weird things these famous people would do.
My best friend, Jim Schimpf, struck up a conversation with a gentleman on a plane from Dallas (I think the gentleman’s name was Tom Sloan), who gave an acrostic on what Leadership is. Take a moment and think through what leadership means to you:
Listens – a leader listens intently and asks good questions
Ethical – a leader is ethical in all his/her activities and actions in personal and professional environments.
Analytical – a leader analyzes details to better understand the situation
Driven – a leader is driven to be excellent
Energy – a leader has energy and enthusiasm, sometimes known as charisma
Responsibility – a leader doesn’t hide behind others but takes responsibility
Shares – a leader will share success with others and deflect accolades to the team while serving the needs of his teammates.
Here is quick 2 min video that helps explain leadership and I hope that you continue to reach for your dreams.
Kennesaw, GA – I must be on a roll these days getting comments from folks about famous, historical figures who have impacted us in the 21st Century. Ben Franklin was a particular favorite of mine and there has been a resurgence lately of biographies and books about his common sense approach to business and politics.
Here is a letter that Ben wrote to a friend on how he made difficult decisions and how he rationally came to conclusions that he could understand and even explain to others:
To Joseph Priestley
London Sept. 19. 1772
In the Affair of so much Importance to you, wherein you ask my Advice, I cannot for want of sufficient Premises, advise you what to determine, but if you please I will tell you how. When these difficult Cases occur, they are difficult chiefly because while we have them under Consideration all the Reasons pro and con are not present to the Mind at the same time; but sometimes one Set present themselves, and at other times another, the first being out of Sight. Hence the various Purposes or Inclinations that alternately prevail, and the Uncertainty that perplexes us. To get over this, my Way is, to divide half a Sheet of Paper by a Line into two Columns, writing over the one Pro, and over the other Con. Then during three or four Days Consideration I put down under the different Heads short Hints of the different Motives that at different Times occur to me for or against the Measure. When I have thus got them all together in one View, I endeavour to estimate their respective Weights; and where I find two, one on each side, that seem equal, I strike them both out: If I find a Reason pro equal to some two Reasons con, I strike out the three. If I judge some two Reasons conequal to some three Reasons pro, I strike out the five; and thus proceeding I find at length where the Ballance lies; and if after a Day or two of farther Consideration nothing new that is of Importance occurs on either side, I come to a Determination accordingly. And tho’ the Weight of Reasons cannot be taken with the Precision of Algebraic Quantities, yet when each is thus considered separately and comparatively, and the whole lies before me, I think I can judge better, and am less likely to make a rash Step; and in fact I have found great Advantage from this kind of Equation, in what may be called Moral or Prudential Algebra. Wishing sincerely that you may determine for the best, I am ever, my dear Friend, Yours most affectionately, B Franklin