The line between success and failure is really more like a road. It is well defined and clearly visible (and believe me, it’s not luck).
There are real reasons why some achieve and others fail. There’s a principle that has always been at work that separates those who excel in their calling, with their family, and social environment and those who come up short. And this principle that separates the two is both simple and not so simple. It has always been and will always be.
It’s the principle of excellence.
What does excellence look like? Let me give you an example. One person takes a job and does what they are told and nothing more. When the boss asks for something else, they balk. In fact, they are a little put off that they are being asked to give more than expected.
But there’s another person who always gets to work before the time required. These employees do more than is expected of them, and they do it better. They aren’t afraid the boss will have some new idea to implement. In fact, they keep an eye out for how to improve the business and come up with ideas themselves! They break the comfortable mold of mediocrity and choose excellence. And since time began, it has been those who have chosen excellence who succeed where others failed. Choosing excellence is not just a smart idea, it’s a biblical mandate.
Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men. Proverbs 22:29
“Don’t settle for average” Jesus told us “And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.” Matthew 5:41. Strive for excellence by putting these things into practice.
- Always give more than is expected. Even if it seems like a small thing, do not be afraid of doing your best. When you do little things well, you’re practicing excellence for when the big things come, and I guarantee your excellence in the small things will be remembered.
- Work at being consistent. Keep in mind that people don’t remember how fast you did a job, but rather how well you did the job. Whether you like it or not, your name is tied to the quality of your work. Keep a good name by doing good work.
Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom. Ecclesiastes 9:10
- Serve the people in your life with excellence. People want to be around those who care for them. When you do a lousy job or help them begrudgingly, guess what? They don’t feel that you care. Instead, do the best job possible. Did they ask you to help bring in the groceries from the car? Help put them away too. That kind of excellence will help bind your relationships for the long haul. And remember,
Don’t be selfish, and don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Philippians 2:3