Excellence is not a Skill, it is an Attitude ................................................................................................. by Riya Chatterjee
Most of us are aware of the difference between positive thinking and negative thinking. To make this point clear, I share a small story with you.
Many years ago, two salesmen were sent by a British shoe manufacturer to Africa to investigate and report back on market potential.
The first salesman reported back, “There is no potential here, - nobody wears shoes.”
The second salesman reported back, “There is massive potential here – nobody wears shoes.”
This simple story explains to us how a single situation can be viewed in two different ways.
The secret of joy in work is contained in one word –“ Excellence”. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it. Excellence should be MORE about fun, than about mediocrity. So friends, it is the approach or mindset that matters and the topic I present today is Excellence is not a Skill, it is an Attitude.
Excellence lives in the present. We must maximize what we are doing now. Do not live in the glory of the past, drop your ego, accept criticism to expand and stretch to take up challenges. Excellence is doing things outside the box. Learn from your mistakes, and move ahead. Isn’t that Attitude?
I also believe excellence is about being lucky. You all may ask me how? What is luck? Luck is about making things happen for yourself. It is a combination of preparation and recognition so you can be ready for the opportunity when it comes. My coming to Canada and joining Toastmasters and connecting with the right people, isn’t it being lucky? I now know that Toastmasters will lead me to my Vision of being a Leadership and Management Trainer.
So Excellence is not a skill, it is an Attitude. I leave you with a thought to ponder-
Raise your level high and challenge yourself and you will be filled with a bountiful future.
Riya Chatterjee, new member/ Tangri Toastmasters