what’s better than peace, love and understanding?
Posted on 21 April 2011
The first reward is autonomy! When you choose to live a life dedicated to the pursuit of excellence you get to be your own boss! Never mind what the board of directors says or human resources puts in your personnel file, never mind what the stock market tells you your retirement accounts are worth. You and you alone know what you are worth. And you are only evaluated on what is personally inside of you. It’s whatever you are willing to invest in and commit to and actually push yourself to be: the most excellent version of yourself. So no more complaining about the boss…the boss is you!
The second reward of excellence is contentedness. You are comfortable in your own skin. You don’t have to tune out or stress out; you are truly actualized with the progress you’ve made. Albert Einstein once said, “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” In our quest for excellence, we know we’re going to be ridiculed, judged, and opposed in many hurtful ways. But that’s okay! It’s called growing pains. There is no growth without the pain. We wear our battle scars with pride because we know we are engaged in triumphant warfare! And we are content in the face of adversity because it’s all a natural and necessary part of separating from the pack. The reward of excellence is that you are content with all events that transpire and you wouldn’t have it any other way.
The third reward of excellence is wisdom. My father told me that when we have a communication problem it isn’t between the mouth and the ear; it’s between the heart and the head. When you pursue and achieve excellence, you fail. That’s right; someone who’s successfully pursues excellence fails countless times by virtue of the number of challenges and risks undertaken. And those failures give us strength, experience, good judgment, empathy, compassion, and yes, wisdom. Jim Rohn once said, “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” We become effective communicators when we have walked a mile in others’ shoes.