“If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.”
– Thomas J. Watson
Monumentally easier said than done, achieving excellence is as long a journey as achieving anything else, but like all things, it starts with a decision and a heightened sense of focus. It involves the ability to think critically at one’s own work and and continually improve, always. When legendary businessman and former chairman and CEO of IBM, Thomas J. Watson, says, “quit doing less-than-excellent work”, what he means is to quit passing off less-than-excellent work as better than it is, and to stop settling for good enough.
He means to strive, always and endlessly, for something better than what you’re currently doing. He means to achieve excellence, today.