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Martin Luther King on Excellence

Martin-Luther-King1Take just a moment and reflect on the people you work and come in contact with on a daily basis.

MOST of those people are not hard acts to follow…and that’s exactly why a commitment to excellence is the ultimate competitive advantage.

The great part about excellence is that it is achieved via QUALITATIVE, not quantitative shifts in developing skills.

What that means is a focus on developing assets such as the quality of your thoughts, expertise, image, leadership, and reputation are priority #1.

Why? It’s actually very simple as an improvement on your qualitative assets, guarantees an improvement in your quantitative results.

StreetSweeperBeing part of a qualitatively different world or environment where excellence is expected and practiced is the key to achieving excellence.

The following quote from Martin Luther King beautifully demonstrates the meaning of a qualitative shift and how it pertains to personal excellence.

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

The moral of this message is simple: Focus on the quality of your work, and demonstrate excellence in every way, shape and form.

WHAT TO DO NOW? Share your two-cents worth on how you can apply this everything counts message in your life and career.

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