“Excellence can be obtained if you: care more than others think is wise; risk more than others think is safe; dream more than others think is practical; expect more than others think is possible.”
We’ve done well in school.
We get pretty good grades.
For the most part we stay out of trouble and try to make the right choices. However, in examining the theme of “striving for excellence”, I seem to get the strange feeling that there is more work to be done.
Many of us heard our parents say, “Whatever you do, just graduate high school” or “whatever you do, don’t get pregnant” or if you’re like me you heard, “whatever you do, just go to college….because you can’t stay here anymore!”
However, I’m afraid we are living in a day and time where just graduating high school is not enough.
Avoiding early-teenage pregnancy is very good and admirable; however it is not a true rubric of success; for many have faced such and obstacle and have not been stopped or deemed as failures.)
Lastly, simply going to college is a novel concept, but when the graduation rate is at an all-time low for African American males, finishing college seems like a loftier ambition.
I am simply stating this: in order to ask the general question of “where do we go from here”, you must ask the personal question of “what is next for me?”
To strive means to struggle or to try hard. The word excellence has its definition within the words origin; excel. When one excels, they are superior to or surpass others.
This information now gives a new meaning and conviction to the term striving for excellence, because anyone who is truly striving for excellence is in fact, struggling or working hard to go beyond the expectations, limitations and doubts of others and themselves.
It was once said that, “excellence is not a skill, but it is an attitude.”
It is an attitude that goes beyond and defies statistics, environments, haters, the status quo, trends or even the opinion of others. It is an attitude that is not satisfied with the current temporary successes, but desires more and will not take “no’ for an answer.
Excellence is an attitude that understands that where there is no struggle, there will be no progress. That is the attitude of success.
You must take a personal inventory of where you are, who you are and most importantly where you want to be; and when that takes place there are some things that you just won’t stand for.
There will be some things you will just come to except or simply take by force. There will be some things you will not allow people to say or do to you any longer, because you know who you are!
And most importantly, expect better out of your own life by breaking those generational curses that imprisoned those who came before you.
This is your life and you will be different!
You're The Change.