What is Excellence?

Posted by M ws On Friday, January 27, 2012 2 comments
A tourist once visted a temple under construction where he saw a sculptor making, an idol of God.

Suddenly he noticed a similar idol lying nearby.

Surprised, he aked the sculptor Do you need two statues of the same idol ?

"No said the sculptor without looking up, We need only one, but the first one got damaged at the last stage.

The gentleman examined the idol and found, no apparent damage.

Where is the damage? he asked.

"There is a scratch on the nose of the idol, said the sculptor still busy with his work.

".Where are you going to install the idol ?"

The sculptor replied that would be installed on, a pillar twenty feet high.

"If the idol is that far who is going to know, that there is a scratch on the nose"? the genleman asked....

The sculptor stopped his work, look up at the, gentleman smiled and said I will know it"

The desire to excel is exclusive of the fact whether someone else appreciates it or not.

"Excellence " is a drive from inside not outside...

Excellence is not for someone else to notice but for your own satisfaction and efficency...

-Author Unknown-

2 comments to What is Excellence?

  1. says:

    walla The personal pursuit of excellence also creates bars and benchmarks as new targets for others as well, sparking higher performance, creating new waves of creativity and moving the consumer market, for when people note excellence, they will inevitably be moved enough to ponder the two questions which trigger progress:

    person:if he can, why can't i?, and, thing or process: can it all be improved?

    However there is a caveat. Over-improving can reach a cost point beyond which there is only incremental return to continue the campaign.

    Take the lowly razor. When twin blades came out, they were all the rage. When triple blades came out with aloe-vera pads, the cost of their production pushed up their prices beyond the reach of most except those in the high income groups. The enterprise then hangs precipitously at the edge between narrow exclusivity and wide acceptance.

    However, in order to move innovation and progress, this economic consideration should be but twenty percent of the question whether to pursue excellence to the hilt.

    And in matters which are fundamental to the vector of progress of industry leading to economy leading to society, excellence should be preeminent.

    Otherwise the end result will be the migration of excellence to where it can excel, and the denudation of the incubation bed in which it was first pollinated. Like plants, pollination alone without fertilization will only lead to more stumps and weeds.

    There is another angle to write this but i have run out of groundnuts and kuaci. ;P

  1. says:

    masterwordsmith Dear Walla

    My grateful thanks to you for such an elegantly and stylishly written response which holds countless nuggets of wisdom for all to appreciate.

    I will certainly give you lots of groundnuts and kuaci if ever I get to meet you one day!

    Take care and please keep in touch!


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