Excellence Quotes

These excellence quotes remind that success is doing OUR best, not necessarily being THE best. I particularly want to reinforce Joel Osteen’s quotes below that we were not created to be average, but to excel. I hope these quotes inspire and motivate you to consider your unique gifts and strengths with a focus on excellence throughout the goal setting process.

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Desire is the key to motivation, but it's the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek.
(Mario Andretti)

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
(Aristotle)

Quality doesn't mean we have to be 100 percent better in any one thing; it means we strive to be 1 percent better in 100 things.
(Jan Carlzon)

Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones tend to take care of themselves.
(Dale Carnegie)

Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
(William Faulkner)

If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.
(Martin Luther King, Jr. )

The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
(Vince Lombardi)

It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
(W. Somerset Manghan)

Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.
(Ralph Marston)

You were never created to be average. You were never created to reach a certain level and then plateau. You were created to excel. There's no limit to how high you can go in life. There's no limit to what you can accomplish, if you will just learn to shake off complacency and keep stretching into the next level.
(Joel Osteen from “Become a Better You”)

A funny thing happens when you raise the bar. People find a way to get over it, once they realize it's expected. Human beings can do amazing things - if they're asked to.
(John Powers)

Your best shot at happiness, self-worth and personal satisfaction - the things that constitute real success - is not in earning as much as you can but in performing as well as you can something that you consider worthwhile.
(William Raspberry)

The secret of success is to do common things uncommonly well.
(John D. Rockefeller, Sr.)

There are countless ways of attaining greatness, but any road to reaching one's maximum potential must be built on a bedrock of respect for the individual, commitment to excellence, and a rejection of mediocrity.
(Buck Rogers)

Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible.
(Ronnie Oldham)


I’ve tried to provide proper attribution to the original sources of these excellence quotes. Please let me know if there are any that may be in error, or if you know some of the sources I have identified as “unknown”. Thanks!

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