I’ve been doing a bit of “soul-searching” lately — essentially thinking about what is important to me, what drives me, what excites me — and I’ve come to the conclusion that a large part of it is the concept and ideal of excellence.
This idea of excellence comes up in my posts from time to time, but I have come to realize that it is key to how I look at the world. It is key to how I look at myself, at my work, at the world around me, at my results, at my achievements, at everything.
Maybe it’s my delusion, but I think there are other people who think about the world the way I do.
Maybe it’s my delusion, but I think there are other people who truly value excellence.
Maybe it’s my delusion, but I think there are other people who are excited by excellence!
For this reason, I have just renamed my blog from “Len’s Notes & Stuff” … or whatever it was that I called it… to “In Pursuit of Excellence”. [NB: Now “Living Excellently” after a friend pointed out the original rename was a bit corporate-sounding.] I didn’t have a focus for my blog before. Now I do.
I will still share with you my thoughts from a variety of realms and areas — typically related to knives, to health, to real estate, to business, to emergency management, or to communication and visual design — because I have an interest in a wide variety of topics. The common thread, however, will be the idea of excellence.
There is the “10,000-Hour Rule”, which states that true excellence is achieved after 10,000 hours of disciplined effort in a given endeavor or field. There is also Tim Ferriss’ approach, of learning and achieving the 20% that gives you 80% of the results, which will put you in the top 5% (but not the top 1%) in a given field very rapidly.
I’m going to use both approaches and I will refer to them both. I think there is no contradiction there — one is talking about becoming the very best of the best, the other is talking about being “excellent enough”.
Is the term “excellent enough” an oxymoron? I’ll talk about that in a later post