12 04 2008

/// becoming… intentionally excellent \\\

why do we strive for excellence when mediocrity is required?

there is little demand in the commercial world for excellence. there is a much, much bigger demand for mediocrity. the truth is, I’m glad it’s this way.

imagine a world where all clients were wonderful, where we could produce whatever we felt like with no restrictions, with everybody having freedom to produce all their fantasies unfettered by tedious clients. what would we do?

we would react against it, saying, “isn’t this boring? how can we be dull? let’s do it badly, let’s make it ugly, and let’s make it really cheaply.”

that’s the nature of the creative person. all creative people need something to rebel against, it’s what gives their lives excitement, and it’s creative people who make the clients’ lives exciting.

excerpt from “it’s not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be” by paul arden

this is a great excerpt from this book. while the specific context it was written in applies to things of a commercial and marketing-type nature, the principle applies across the board.

there’s not a lot of demand to live and love with excellence these days. mediocrity seems to be the unfortunate status quo.

this is why people who live and love with such passionate abandon always stand out, are admired and sometimes idolized. these are people are go against the grain and say, “i refuse to allow my approach to life and love to be average.” they rebel against the low expectations dictated by the day’s culture and purpose in their heart to become more than what is expected.

is that you? are you becoming more than what they expect? no one was ever accidentally great.

mediocrity happens. excellence is intentional.





One response

30 04 2008

So I read your blog the other day and in my devotional/reading time last night, ran across this and thought I’d share…

Proverbs 22:29 “Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.”

The result of lives pursuing excellence; they will influence the influencer (I got that from a book, not my own revelation) This same book states “Excellence is a Kingdom value…One of the clearest paths of promotion is through excellence.”

The above quotes from the book actually make me think of you! I don’t know the full details of your life, but in the time that I have known you, I’ve watched and observed and have witnessed you “influence the influencer.” I’ve watched your excellence promote you, not just with your career, but even in your friendships and relationships with others. I appreciate your example…for real!

U Say: “there’s not a lot of demand to live and love with excellence these days…” I’m SO glad you said that, cause it’s true. It’s easy to “half-do” life and just…live effortlessly.

I want to live & love with great passion and excellence & and as I learn more and spend more time w/ God, I’m learning more and more what that means and looks like.

All I know thus far is that it’s a selfless act. You have to be willing to give your time, resources, knowledge, compassion…the list goes on. 2) It requires effort and discipline…lives just don’t HAPPEN to be reached, relationships just don’t HAPPEN to develop…effectiveness takes effort! AND 3) we must 1st love God and through our love for Him, our love for life & others will & should exude w/ an amazing strength and presence.

I have no clue if that’s even where u were going w/ this post, but that’s what I got 🙂 Dope.

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