Everything You Can Do, You Can Do Better
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle
Since you’re reading this post, I’m going to go on a limb and say that you’re on a perpetual path to perfection. You probably also realize perfection is impossible to achieve without the proverbial cocktail of blood, sweat, and tears. Kudos! You are admirable not because you were born “special” (no matter what your mom has to say about that), but because you run, walk, and crawl toward excellence day after day.
You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do. – Henry Ford
Don’t take on grandiose projects just to crumble at their weight. Limit the responsibility you take on (as much as the business allows, of course) in order to ensure that everything you are doing is being done the best way possible. Push yourself to do more, to do better, and to do it with more accuracy or efficiency, just not all at once. The trick is to chip away at laziness, inefficiency, or lack of attention or experience repeatedly.
People are impressed with excellence (people are easily impressed in general), and once you make it part of your personality, you’ll be Midas-like; turning anything you touch into gold. There is no way your style and work ethic will go unnoticed. Business owner or not, there is always a customer for your goods or services. Always strive to impress since the word of your reputation will spread, and once it does you will be an asset. You’ll be bringing positive value to those around you and will become one of those “hard-to-find” wonder-people your grandma mentioned in her “back in my day” stories.
If you’re just starting to push yourself toward advancement, then focus on those trivial things that go unnoticed every day, like cleaning your house or how well you park the car. Is your closet clean and organized or does it resemble a pile of doom and desperation? The key is to develop a habit. Square? Maybe. Kick-ass? Undoubtedly. Succumbing to laziness and complacency is not difficult. You know what mediocrity looks like. Now just ensure there’s not a reference to your name when one looks up that word in the dictionary.