Friday, April 15, 2005


"Excellence is an art won by training and habit. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

We are what we repeatedly do...

Break that down for a moment. How does a statement like that make you think? How would you react to a statement like that? With so many people proclaiming excellence out there whether in a sport, in their work, or in their hobby, a statement like this and how it relates to what you do is what can truly separate the very best from the very good. A statement like this shows consistency. We are what we repeatedly do.

This is not an easy thing to live up to. Practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice does not make perfect. Consistent perfect practice does make perfect. Excellence through execution, sheer flawless execution whether or not the game is on the line. The ability to execute and execute well at any given time, isn't this what we all train for. Whether it is in competitive sports, our jobs or our hobbies. This is the difference between satisfied and satisfaction.

Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

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