“One that desires to excel should endeavor in those things that are in themselves excellent” – EPICTETUS
All who would succeed in life should resolve that, whatever the task at hand, there is only one way to do it, and that is the best that it can be done.
Many employees are inclined to limit the quality of their work to the measure of their wages. They do not understand that the salary which one receives should have nothing to do with the quality of one’s work. Salary should be but a part of the reward for one’s labor. All work should involve the manhood of the worker, character as well as wages. The development of character, of manhood, of self is far more important than the weekly or monthly pay check.
No one has the right to be careless in his work, to demoralize his character by failing to put into the task at hand one’s best efforts. Everything that passes through our hands, everything we do, everything we touch, bears our trademark. What kind of trademark have we left? Is it inferior? Have we sold our conscience merely because the paycheck we receive is meager?
We have to give the very best that there is in us if we are to someday move on up in the world. If we persistently strive toward excellence in our occupational labors, we can be sure that eventually we will be largely rewarded, not only from a financial standpoint, but by character and self-respect as well.
“The man,” said Elbert Hubbard, “who not only does his work superbly well, but adds to it a touch of personality through great zeal, patience, and persistence, making it peculiar, unique, individual, distinct, and unforgettable, is an artist. And this applies to each and every field of human endeavor – managing a hotel, a bank, or a factory; writing, speaking, modeling, or painting. It is that last indefinable touch that counts; the last three seconds he knocks off the record that proves the man a genius.”
Culled from Health, Wealth and Happiness by Sidney Newton Bremer