I know you want to stand out. I know you desire to be the best in what you do. The following are ancient principles of excellence that will make you outstanding in whatever you do.
1. Be a person of INTEGRITY.
Don’t say something and then do another. Go out of your way to keep your word. Be a person of your word. Don’t be like the typical Nigerian tailor who never keep their word. People will always come back to you if you are a person of integrity.
2. Be CONSISTENTLY COMMITTED.
Be ready to do whatever it takes to reach your goal.
Studies have shown that the most important way to achieve excellent performance in fields such as sport, music, professions and scholarships is commitment to practice. Be committed to your dreams, work, sweat, practice until you become too obvious to be unnoticed.
3. Take RESPONSIBILITY.
Don’t blame others for your failures and mistakes.
Don’t expect others to do for you what you should do for yourself. You may not be able to control everything that happens in your life, but you sure can control how you react to them.
4. Be FLEXIBLE.
Be willing to do things differently. Be ready to learn from anyone who knows something you don’t irrespective of there age, gender or position. Flexibility means recognizing all kinds of habits, patterns or activities in your life that aren’t working and changing them; and even changing them again until you find the ones that work.
5. PAY ATTENTION to details.
Be sensitive to your environment. Observe patterns and trends. Know all you need to know about whatever you do or are involved in. What you know is what you show. Proper knowledge will give you an edge over others.
6. INSIST ON THE BEST.
Your best will give you life’s best; you draw interest only on what you have deposited. Insist in delivering the best in all you do.
7. Add VALUE
Always leave people and places better than you met them. Always strive to add value to people and things around you. Treat people with humility and respect irrespective of their age, status or qualification.
8. DO MORE, TALK LESS.
Let your results speak for you. Don’t make more noise than you can deliver. “Empty cans make the loudest noise.” Let your products advertise you.
9. BE CREATIVE.
Think outside the box — there is always a better way — always think things through. If you cannot not proudly say “I made this” then you’ve not started.
10. Always go an EXTRA MILE.
There are no traffic jams on the extra mile — very few people travel it. After you’ve done all you’re required to do, do some more. Always strive to deliver more than is expected of you