Before we go into what it is to be on the pursuit of excellence, let me just say that if you think you can just get great things out of nothing then you are sadly mistaken. You have to expect great things before they will happen, so don't be caught flat footed, great things are going to happen to you so you better be ready for them and ready to make them happen.
What is the pursuit of excellence? What does it involve? How long will it take? How will I know when I am excellent?
These are all the questions I expect you to be asking and rightly so. The pursuit of excellence is simple, it is a process you will go through and continue to go through in life to better yourself in all aspects, in your job, health, state of mind, how you treat people, relationships and more. There is no universal answer to what excellence is, because what it is to me and my life will be completely different to what it is in yours. We are all different so don't fall into the trap of thinking that to be excellent you have to have a great paying job, fancy car and smokin' hot wife (although let's be honest those are all awesome).
The pursuit of excellence involves a lot of things, paramount of which is that you have to be relentless in your pursuit, you have to go after it with everything you have got! It will knock you down more times than you can imagine but you have to get up every time and tell life that it hits like a bitch! It involves sacrifice, you have to sacrifice parties, booze, bad food, sleep, the lot. You have to give up so much so called "pleasures" from your life but trust me, once you reach the heights of excellence that will bring the greatest pleasure of all.
How long will it take? Look, if you want to put a timescale on excellence then you may as well just give up now and go back to a mediocre life. Excellence takes as long as it takes, there is no time limit on it, you will only get to excellence when you have reached all your goals. Taking a long time shouldn't put you off, I mean come on, was the Sistine chapel a quick job? Was evolution a quick fix? Did Messi just wake up one day and start dominating on the field? Hell no! It all took time. As much time as it took to reach the peak.
So, how will you know when you are excellent? This is simple for me to answer. You will know you are excellent when the day comes that you own your competition at everything you do, when you are the best human you can be, treating others with respect and not disdain like some people. You will know you are excellent when you are making the big bucks, when the bank account looks like a phone number, when the car you drive is so ludicrously expensive that people choke on their food when they hear the price. But most importantly.
YOU WILL KNOW YOU ARE EXCELLENT WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF!
Work for it, thrive for it, be it, live it, get it then show others the way.
Fly your own flag