Excellence Excerpts from ‘A Passion for Excellence’ by Tom Peters and Nancy Austin.
Simply put, that means: The adventure of excellence is not for the faint of heart. It has been said that a passion for excellence carries a price.
Whether you're looking at a billion-dollar corporation or a three-person accounting department, you see that excellence is achieved by people who muster up the nerve (and the passion) to step out in spite of doubt or fear or job limitations. They don't hide behind office doors, committees, memos, or layers of staff; they understand that stepping out and stepping forward is the fair bargain they make for extraordinary results.
How can you achieve excellence? Above all you need an invigorating purpose you can call your own, one you care enough about to justify investing your steadfast interest in— one that, we hope, makes you happy, because you will live with it day in and day out.
Whatever your purpose, it has to be worth your full attention. It has to be worth the time and effort it will cost you to master it. Doing better than average not only takes nerve, passion, and purpose, but it also takes tenacious preparation.
You can start [on the road to excellence] now. You'll never finish.
It's hanging in long after others have gotten bored or given up; it's refusing to leave “well enough" alone. It means that anything less than the best really bothers you, maybe even keeps you awake at night. Courage and self-respect are the lion's share of passion.
It usually means sticking your neck out. Daring to give your best shot to something you care about and asking others to do the same is self-exposing.
Passion opens you to criticism, disappointment, disillusionment, and failure, any one of which is enough to scare off all but the bravest souls. But the passionate, courageous, self-respecting people we know, when challenges or risks loom before them, regard them as something to be faced.
It's believing that something can be done, that it's worth fighting for, worth trusting others to play a part.
When you have a true passion for excellence, and when you act on it, you will stand straighter. You will look people in the eye. You will see things happen. You will see heroes created, watch ideas unfold and take shape. You'll walk with more spring in your step.
It's not easy. It takes real courage to step out and stake your claim. www.tommyswindow.com For more PowerPoint messages visit: But the renewed sense of purpose, of knowing you are making a difference, of self-respect, of experiencing positive change, growth, innovation and progress, is well worth the price.