A few quotes on the subject.....
The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing a thing exactly right. Edward Simmons
Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.
Some men dream of worthy accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them.
Desire is the key to motivation, but it's the determination and commitment to unrelenting pursuit of your goal -- a commitment to excellence -- that will enable you to attain the success you seek. Mario Andretti
One of the rarest things that a man ever does is to do the best he can. Josh Billings
No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount of excellence of what is over and above the required, that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction. Charles Kendall Adams.
The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
It's a funny thing about life; If you refuse to accept anything but the very best, you will often get it. W. Somerset Maugham
One of my pet peeves with music, television and other forms of entertainment is the lack of excellence. It seems that the "general" public would rather be subjected to the lowest form of mind numbing trivia than to fight for the purest form of entertainment - that which inspires.
I'll save other forms of entertainment for another day; for today I want to discuss music. Have you thought about the difference between music in the 40's and music today?
I love entertainment from the 40's - 60's. There were efforts during that time that were less than excellent, but the concentration of thought was toward "excellence".
Last night I rented a DVD of Nat King Cole. I'm sure a lot of you wouldn't agree that it was an "exciting" night of viewing, but I enjoyed the simple yet excellent talent. Just a man and a microphone and his ability to take me to tears. Within moments I was not only remembering my first date with Ron but I could remember the smell of the crisp fall air. Talent is a wonderful thing of beauty.
I heard Luciano Pavorotti passed away. I was reading about him on line. "Domingo, a friend, paid tribute to Pavarotti by hailing the "God-given glory of his voice."
Contrast that to most of the music of today. They have to mask it with seductive costumes, outlandish dancing and pyrotechnics. The accompanying instruments have to reach the highest decibel in order to drown out the singers. Most of the singers play by ear and wouldn't dare do the Andy Williams thing and sit on a stool center stage and sing without accompaniment to the audience.
Real talent in any area of our life doesn't need to be supported. Real talent simply bursts forth with joy. Real talent can stand on it's own.
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I Never watch American Idol. Let me repeat that ... I Never watch American Idol. I watched one show and hated it. In part because I can't imagine that some people have no one who cares enough to say, "Hey man, don't do this. You don't want to look stupid on TV. Sorry man, we love you but we all know you can't sing." Friends not only need to keep friends from driving drunk. Real friends need to keep friends from being publicly stupid.
The second reason I don't watch American Idol is because of Simon. No one should be allowed to be as mean as he is. Sure no talent people have the guts to stand before him, but that doesn't give him the right to treat them so mean.
I don't like stupidity but I hate cruelty even more.
However.....if by some stretch of the imagination we can hope that Simon is truly trying to make a statement about "talent", then perhaps a little mean is what this world needs. I think I could be nicer in the way I express my assessment, but I don't think we should reward no talent people who are only wanting to grab the spotlight and don't want to work to be excellent in their craft.
Strive to be excellent.....that's a tough goal but one that will never let you down. Excellence will always receive a reward!
Be an excellent spouse.
Be excellent for your employer.
Be an excellent parent.
Be an excellent citizen.
And above all....be an excellent Christian.
Frankly, there's just too many lazy fakes around. So go out there and show the world that you can be excellent in your life.
God loves you,