Those who seek excellence measure their triumphs by their conduct on the playing field, not by the scoreboard. Every man or woman who seeks only excellence in his or her chosen field understands Gandhi’s observation that in the end every man is judged by the standards he sets for himself. Our own capacity to change, to persevere, to improve and to stand fast is tested and challenged each and every day in countless ways. Those tests are often not in the manner we expect nor when we would choose them, but they are the tests of our character. Those who truly seek excellence with all of their passion understand that any race or competition that is won with less than our best, is lost. Any competition that is lost, but that tested and expanded our previous limits, is won, no matter what the outcome. The ongoing quest for excellence is defined by an unalterable commitment to measure oneself against a standard that has reference only to those things which are within the heart and soul. Desire, determination and discipline will be the pen and ink with which we will write our first chapter in our personal book of excellence. – Ron E. Harkey

“I will study and prepare myself and someday my chance will come”
- Abraham Lincoln

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
– Calvin Coolidge

“If I had ten hours to fell a tree, I would spend the first eight sharpening my axe.” – Abraham Lincoln

Develop the Habits of Excellence
“We are what we repeatedly do, Excellence then – is not an ACT but a HABIT.” – Aristotle

Figure Out What Counts
“In life not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts.” – Sir George Pickering



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