This article was originally published as a part of the series titled “Just A Thought”
Some will tell you excellence is in the details; some will say the idea; some will say the skill of doing. Excellence is all of that, and more. It captures the thought that everything makes a difference, everything needs to be done well, and, therefore, it always takes as much time as needed at any point along the way, never goes to the next task if it will leave the present task done less than well or unfinished, and never, ever does anything it doesn’t understand.
Excellence is deciding to be known for quality, for doing things in a first class way, even if low budget, like a man who would rather have two good suits than a dozen made poorly.
Excellence, however, is not perfection. We are human beings, not machines. Excellence intentionally decides not to be perfect. It understands that if it takes 100 units of labor to achieve a 90% perfect result, that it takes another 100 units of labor to achieve 99%, and another 100 units of labor to achieve 99.9%, and so on. It doesn’t feel compelled to argue the last inch. And besides, machines make mistakes too.
The unrelenting pursuit of excellence is a spiritual idea. Examine the way of Jesus and we are overwhelmed with his commitment to do everything well, taking as much time as needed, realizing everything counts, and not leaving this world until he could say, “It is finished.”