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How to be excellent | Psyche Guides

How to be excellent | Psyche Guides

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Striving for excellence

Many self-help writers are either telling people to work hard and be productive or practise self-care to avoid burnout. But neither advice is great.

If we only focus on getting by, we won't grow. If we become overly obsessed with ideals, we'll burn out. We need balance whe...

The community we live in helps us bring balance. We don’t all grow our own food, make our own shelter, and provide our own entertainment. We have to keep three things in mind.

  1. We need respect. Some roles in life make us feel valued and worthy but give little comfort....

We can obtain respect, comfort and time when we distinguish between leisure and play.

  • In Politics, Aristotle considers leisure as time spent learning and contemplating, trying to achieve excellence. It is about growth.
  • ...

Excellence depends on developing your talents. If we don't get an education appropriate to our craft, we won't be able to become excellent.

Plato points out that if education is too rigidly fixed on a narrow set of crafts, we risk feeling useless because our talents don't ...

Aristotle states that our education begins in the forming of good habits as habits help us grow.

At first, habits are imposed upon us by others, such as teachers and mentors. Later on, we reach a critical moment where we question these habits to discover the reason behind them. If we are t...

  • We achieve excellence. Achieving excellence for the first time is only the start.
  • We contemplate. Next, we observe what's good and how to apply it to a craft.
  • We act. When we apply what is good to our craft, our craft beco...

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