The Habit of Excellence

The record of history is not kind to the dreamers who never do and the visionaries who never try. Time is decidedly not on their side. They are buried and forgotten. An idea without action is a dead idea.

“We are what we repeatedly do,” wrote Will Durant, a 20th century American historian and philosopher. “Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” As the writer Annie Dillard observed, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” Similarly, Clay Christensen says, “Your decisions about allocating your personal time, energy, and talent ultimately shape your life’s strategy.”

What are the presiding habits of your organization?  How can you make excellence a regular habit and not just an isolated act, both corporately and individually?

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