Week 25: Excellence

Diligence – Meticulousness

Beyond mere responsibility, or even reliability, is diligence: the active expression of vigilance. It is a state of constant focus and attention to important details. It is excellence irrespective of ability, in other words, a person may not have the talent to become excellent or even proficient at certain things
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Facility

Facility is an element of excellence. The ability to move quickly, and seemingly without effort, is the eyebrow-raising characteristic of the person who excels at an activity. Facility is also an aspect of creativity. Creative people display a flat associative hierarchy: the ability to bring to mind numerous associations in
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Versatility

The ability to do one task well is valuable. The step beyond that, into excellence, is characterized by the ability to perform many tasks well – to contribute to the whole in whatever may be needed.
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Taking Initiative – Making a Difference

Max Ernst, A Swallow’s Nest (1966) Initiative distinguishes the excellent worker from the good worker. Both show up on time every day and work but the person with initiative is of greater value.
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Intellectual Excellence

Human progress is attributable not only to the rare geniuses who have revolutionized intellectual life, science and technology but also to the journeymen who have used their considerable talents to apply knowledge in their communities. For example, brilliant researchers discover new medicines but communities rely on doctors to use those
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Involvement

In van Gogh’s painting: “The confining structure of the large loom displays the weaver fully absorbed in his task, reflecting a parallel intensity van Gogh sensed in his own endeavors.” Beyond mere interest is emotional involvement. This does not mean being emotionally consumed or debilitated but only that the individual
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Excellence

The third stage of development is not easily defined. The second draws the distinction from the mere capacity to perform at some level, into the capacity to perform with at least passing skill and competence. The fourth stage represents a level of excellence attained by only a few, which we
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