Excellence is unique, as very few attain it. It is an addiction that only a few people are crazy enough to crave. To discover excellence, you must be willing to separate yourself from your comfort zone. You must go beyond the stability of the status quo and risk everything to find this euphoria called continuous improvement. In other words, to find excellence, you must embody the Exemplars of Excellence.
The 3 Exemplars of Excellence
If you want to live a life for excellence, you must never accept the false finality in failure, but you must also never find comfort in the stability of success-ifaction (satisfaction with your success). Unstoppable people pause to reflect on their succession of progress, but they avoid the temptation of basking in complacency because they are driven to continue down their path OF excellence. After all for unstoppable people, there is no path TO excellence.
Excellence doesn't settle for the subpar standards of 'good enough' or the positive praise when short term goals are accomplished. Likewise, people in search for excellence don't settle, and they don't lower the bar to give themselves a false sense of security. In fact, they continuously raise the bar. Now don't mistake unreasonableness for being unwilling to compromise with others, because compromise and consensus are tools that excellent leaders employ to stretch their colleagues and their organization. After all, stretching yourself relentlessly requires to be just a tad bit unreasonable.
People of excellence are abnormal. They have unique quirks, and they exhibit uncommon behaviors and habits that most others wouldn't dare. They believe so deeply in their passion, that they don't care if their actions fail to fit the mold of society, because these folks know that society is full of commonness where true excellence cannot be found. Society, however, is the starting point where excellence begins and the act of striving for excellence is in taking all the commonness that society has to offer and making it uncommonly better than it ever was. Furthermore, being uncommon demands an unwavering commitment that automatically forces excellence seekers to avoid looking to others for approval. The core of being uncommon is this tiny inner belief that drives their moral purpose which is all that they need to push them into uncharted territory.
Everybody wants what Few are Willing to Pursue
Excellence is a word that everyone uses to describe their goals, accomplishments, and what they aspire to be, yet few truly attain the purest form of excellence. The reason for that is simple. Excellence requires hard work. Excellence demands tenacity. It requires failure after failure after failure, and most people simply don't have the intestinal fortitude to fall 7 times and get up 8. The essence of excellence comes from within. It is in the heart of every person, but only the truly excellent have the mental courage to master their fears of inadequacy and failure. They see beyond what they currently are, and visualize what they could become when they commit to accept the risk of what might be.