How often should we be excellent? Is it a percentage?
What about that percentage of our customers that get less than our excellent work?
Is that fair to them?
And do they notice the absence right away, or is it easy to fool them?
How do we justify giving some less than our best?
Is it because it’s so hard to set high standards and maintain them 100% of the time?
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Last night watching the second episode of the 2012 American Idol season, I reminded our Son that Steven Tyler is a true rock star. He asked me what band he’s with, to which I replied, Aerosmith. They headlined the first concert I ever attended (1975). Chapin said, “I remember you telling me that”.
Without thinking, I told him that the measure of true greatness is the ability to do it for a long time. Legendary not on what might have been, but on what they actually did.
Is it possible to perform our jobs at extraordinarily high levels day in and day out?
We would hope our surgeon does. Or the general contractor building our home. Or our child’s school teacher. Or our elected officials. But what about our personal responsibility?
I always listen for the choice of words people use after the classes I teach are over. Hearing “that was really good”, “enjoyed it”, “you did a good job” is significantly different than “that was amazing”, “perfect”, “it was excellent!”
Yesterday was exceptional. Always aim for it. Feel blessed when you nail it.