#VoicesInMyHead: AN EXCELLENT SPIRIT – by Oreoluwa Aboluwarin

Published:8 Jul, 2012

#VoicesInMyHead: AN EXCELLENT SPIRIT – by Oreoluwa Aboluwarin
When you hear of Solomon’s temple or of the ipad/iphone and other devices created by apple, the first thing that comes to mind is the brilliance and ingenuity behind such creations. Last week, I wrote about relevance; the need to make a mark in our immediate surroundings and the world at large. What better way to make an impact than being outstanding, excellent in carrying out the tasks your hands find to do?

My article will be somewhat short today as I want to get straight to the point. I keep wondering how many situations would not have turned the way they did had the people in charge done a little more, how many children wouldn’t have been scarred for life had their parents played their roles with a little more diligence, how this country will have finely shaped out now had everyone done the work he’d been assigned in time, with skill and precision and maybe added a little more commitment to it.

There’s way too much sloppiness in the world that we think we can just do things the ‘normal’ way and expect extraordinary results. The only reason some stand out, tall above others is due to the fact that they have taken it upon themselves to cultivate an habit of doing more than ordinarily expected of them in their respective positions.

A fellow that has taken an oath, made a pledge to himself to exhibit excellence of the highest order will ensure that he performs beyond expectation anywhere he finds himself. Excellence goes way beyond natural intelligence (which gets one the plaudits for being a notch above others in certain fields). Excellence cuts across all the areas of our lives:

Excellence is paying your bills on time

Excellence is getting to work early and leaving later than others

It is being refined in attitude and character

It is shown in the propriety in dressing not necessarily quality of dressing.

Excellence is shown in the quality of work/service you put forth.

Excellence is portrayed in the way you treat people.

Excellence is shown forth in your intergrity and uprightness

It is in being able to fulfil your word even when it is difficult.

It is completing tasks in record time and making sure no stone is unturned.


I could go on and on. However, the idea behind excellence is making an exerted effort not to be sucked into the giant vacuum of mediocrity most people are being drawn into daily which makes it difficult if not impossible to attain the best possible heights they could attain, the greatest possible feats they could achieve.

A person of excellence does not flow downstream like everyone else, he does not try to do the same things others do just so he could be reckoned with in their own ways. He tries to be the best he knows he can be. He tries to do the things he knows he can do well and actually does them perfectly. He gives everything his best effort.

It takes a conscious decision not to be sloppy. Not to be busy doing nothing while others are busy looking for ways to make a mark in their fields, not to play when one ought to work, to be diligent when others choose to be mediocre. It takes a conscious decision to put in that little more effort. To speak to oneself, challenge the inner man to work like there’s no tomorrow.

Everyone is created to be a cut-above. Erase the notion of ‘everybody’ does it so I’d do the same. Learn to do what is right and proper not what is convenient. When we do things in our comfort zone all/most the time, we should begin to sense that we’re not doing all the things that would make us the standards in the midst of even the outstanding.

Start making the excellent choices today. You may not have a large home or a fat salary, you may not have a lot of clothes to adorn daily, you may not have the natural brilliance endowed upon the next fellow but take your time today, make the more excellent choices, be the kind of witness you want people around you to emulate, from there on believe me, you have started to cultivate an excellent spirit. Just like little drops of water make the mighty ocean, so also are the ingredients one needs to attain an height of excellence. It certainly doesn’t take a day but days, weeks and sometimes years, and of course very meticulously calculated steps.

Go into this week with a new determination to put something right you didn’t like about yesterday. Do things in a more dynamic and distinct way, keep your word even when it’s absolutely a”giordan knot” situation, stand for what is right even when you stand alone.

Have a fabulous week ahead.


I am @oreoluwade on twitter.

  • http://www.opesays.com ope says

    Excellence is what is lacking in our world today.Most people would rather be incompetent and do shoddy work.Thank you Ore for this admonishing piece.Well done

  • http://www.imisioluwa.blogspot.com Imisi

    One thing stands out above all else here – and it’s in your (rightly) mentioning that excellence is a choice. We have to daily choose to function at that level; it will never come as a default option.

    Individual excellence is noble, but a higher level is communal excellence – the stage where it becomes contagious. This involves preaching and pursuing excellence in worlds we may not even interact with frequently. That’s, arguably, the missing piece in Nigeria’s puzzle.

    Truly amazing post!

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