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Types of excellence

Types of excellence

Excellence is worth pursuing more than money or status. However, the idea of excellence holds a subtle distinction.

  • Excellence can be considered as a universal standard. To get 99% is more excellent than 90%. We line up everything and measure them against a common yardstick.
  • Excellence can be thought of as a niche. The whale isn't better than a butterfly in a meaningful way. They need to follow different strategies to survive.

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There are different attitudes needed for excellence, but they depend on the pursuit. Diverse niches require exploration, creativity, and experimentation. But once you focus on a pursuit, you need a mind for efficiency and courage when you face competition.

Attitudes for each are ...

As a whole, our working lives are more like niches. There are numerous professions, but the path for success in many professions are extremely narrow.

The more defined a field, the narrower the relevant dimension of competition.

The path to any particular destination is narrow, but there are countless possible options to follow.

At a general level, there are many niches you can find success in. But once you find a particular route, competition rises, and you're forced to focus on a few essent...

  • For big spaces, the problem is exploration. Finding the right combination of elements is more important than becoming the best in a single skill.
  • As the space shrinks down, the problem is optimization. Excellence here is about winning and outperfor...

  • At a general level, you have your values. A Buddhist monk and Olympic athlete pursue entirely different philosophies of life. Here, excellence has the most variety. With your particular philosophy, you can explore other niches. You can have a family, career, house. You cou...

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