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Forget success, pursue excellence instead

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Forget success, pursue excellence instead
The more I seek it, the more places I seem to find it. I watch documentaries about sushi chefs and sneaker designers and Buddhist nuns engaged in their respective pursuits with remarkable focus and attention. I read beautifully crafted essays and watch live jazz performances that make me feel as if the creators packaged their souls into their work.

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Just get the work done

Just get the work done

In a constant pursuit to get work done, much of our work is focused on output and measured in terms of quantity. 

In our endeavor to maximize our output, we turn everything into a joyless activity to be finished as soon as possible. Everything seems rushed, mediocre and uninspired.

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The world is success-oriented

The world is success-oriented

With the whole world focused on success, instead of excellence, or happiness or personal growth, one has no choice but to strive to be successful.

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Defining excellence

Defining excellence

While success is easy to define, as it has set metrics that are measurable, excellence is much harder to define because it is rare, difficult to scale, and ambiguous.


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Excellence is intangible

Excellence is intangible

Excellence does not measure the size of your ego, your income or your fan following.

It means defining one's self-worth pursuing an activity for its own sake, deriving happiness and satisfaction from the work itself.

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