Make Yourself Proud

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In a world with so much shame and regret, we should all elevate our game and focus on doing things which we can take pride in.

Making yourself proud, taking pride in your work, behavior and results is a personal commitment. It is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity and a powerful demonstration of self-respect.


Your greatest responsibility in seeking excellence is to define what this means precisely in your life, then to choose the best course of action to make it happen. It’s this decision which inspires you to maintain the highest  standards while taking pride in your efforts and intentions.

If you’re going to do something…

  • Do it right the first time,
  • Do it in the spirit of excellence,
  • Do it so that it sets an inspiring example,
  • Do it in a way that you are proud to have your name associated with it.

One of the most impressive characteristics of all high achievers is their relentless commitment to excellence and the meticulous attention to details associated with that journey. They have consistently earned the right to take pride in their work. Have you?

Unfortunately, far too many people and organizations function in a suspended state of mediocrity and should be ashamed by the quality of their effort, attitude and overall results.

These people perpetually create their own dissatisfaction and suffer reputational damage by consistently embracing the quick, easy, convenient solution which results in a repetitive cycle of mediocrity.

The good news is that this can easily be fixed, right now by simply deciding to quit doing less than excellent work. What a profound idea!

pride-make-yourselfMediocrity is a choice; it’s not always made consciously, but it is still a choice. You commit career malpractice every time you do things in a mediocre manner; every time you show up late; every time you are unprepared.

There is no inherent value in mediocrity, so there is no reason for people to stop and pay attention to you or your work, and even worse, there is nothing for you to take pride in.

When you demonstrate mediocrity, the only thing you have earned is the right to be ignored, ostracized and ridiculed.

Rather than provide your employer with a reason for promoting you, you have provided them with justifiable evidence for replacing you with someone who consistently demonstrates a better work ethic, someone with a higher level of self-respect, someone who takes pride in their work.

Make yourself proud by choosing never to compromise your talent, quality, and high standards, and you will never choose mediocrity.

Let’s close where we began this message; “In a world with so much shame and regret, we should all elevate our game and focus on doing things which we can take pride in!”

WHAT TO DO NOW? Share your thoughts and opinions on what it means to take pride in one’s work and discuss this with the people you care about.

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2 Responses to “Make Yourself Proud”

  • Great post! It is so true that we have settled for mediocrity in so many ways and that we seem to struggle with our attitudes. Sometimes, I think we are a bit lost in this world and not able to even figure out what we are passionate about or how we’d like to spend our time.

  • This is awesome! If even 25 percent of the people on the planet embraced this, man! what an incredible change would take place!

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