Excellence

“Excellence always. If not Excellence, what? If not Excellence now, when?” — Tom Peters

‘You do not merely want to be the best of the best. You want to be considered the only ones who do what you do.” — Jerry Garcia

“If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.” — Vince Lombardi

“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you  can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” — William Faulkner

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.”— Michelangelo

“If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.” — Thomas J. Watson

“Nobody can prevent you from choosing to be exceptional.” — Mark Sanborn, The Fred Factor

“When we did it right, it was still pretty ordinary.” — Barry Gibbons, former CEO Burger King

“If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” — Michelangelo

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.” — Vince Lombardi

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” — Aristotle

“Good, better, best.  Never let it rest until your good is better and your better is best.” — St. Jerome

“Our products suck!” — Steve Jobs to his board when he came back to Apple. He then reduced their product line to just four products.

“EXCELLENCE is not an aspiration. EXCELLENCE is the next five minutes.” — Tom Peters

“GOOD IS THE ENEMY OF GREAT. And that  is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don’t have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don’t have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life. The vast majority of organizations never become great, precisely because the vast majority become quite good-and that is the main problem.” — Jim Collins

“…the question, Why try for greatness? would seem almost tautological. If you’re doing something you care that much about, and you believe in its purpose deeply enough, then it is impossible to imagine not trying to make it great. It’s just a given.” — Jim Collins