I’m reading a book called: The Excellence Dividend by Tom Peters.
Peters is a famous management guru who touts “excellence” as the only way to conduct life. I’ve found his thoughts on this subject to be practical and profound. He has several classic books through the years. He’s an author who is worth a read or listen.
In my reading today, he said “excellence” is not a tomorrow thing…It’s a “in the next five minute” thing.
“Excellence” doesn’t happen later. “It happens right now”
That statement caused a pause.
What is the most “unexcellent” thing I do?
What could I do to lessen the impact of that “unexcellent” thing?
What would I do to make the minutes saved from “unexcellence” be more “excellent”?
If I divide my time into “excellent” and “unexcellent” which wins?
Am I being “excellent” right now, this five minutes?
His statement makes sense. Each of us can stop at any moment to take control of the next five minutes and make choices about whether “excellence” will occur.
It’s simple to understand, harder to do, but choosing excellence builds. You can start now.