Excellence At Its Best

The Sprint Cycling Team: Kenny, Hindes & Hoy from sporting life.com

If you do what you hate with excellence, you’ll naturally do what you love with excellence. Recently I’ve learned about the importance of benchmarking yourself against the best. That means whatever you intend and desire to do, find out who the best is in that field and measure yourself up against them. Find out how they got there and why they are considered the best.

I’ve just done a 3-month video production course and realized that not only does character play an enormous role on set with everyone you work with, but also operating as though you were already the best.
For me, I hate anything to do with gardening and compound work but I’m pretty good at it. Why? Truthfully it’s actually because I created a perception for myself where I do as much as possible today so that you have as little to nothing to do tomorrow. The other reason is because I attempt to perform at my level best (the greatest possible degree) and beyond. I adopt this same attitude with washing dishes.

Characters who did their very best
 Mother Theresa: One cannot proceed to talk about great people (those who performed at their level best) who truly impacted this world in a positive manner without mentioning a very inspirational and encouraging person like Mother Theresa. With her huge passion for serving and reaching the less fortunate than ourselves, I believe she truly exemplified and demonstrated what James also had a zeal and heart for. He wrote what, in essence, the true foundation of all religion  should be, as well as, the motivating factor of every singe one that exists today:

 External religious worship [religion as it is expressed in outward acts] that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God the Father is this: to visit and help and care for the orphans and widows in their affliction and need, and to keep oneself unspottedand uncontaminated from the world
James 1:27


Lewis Hamilton

He began karting aged eight and two years later won the British karting championship (cadet class) and STP karting championship.
At their first meeting Dennis (Ron Dennis is the McLaren team boss) had written in Hamilton’s autograph book, “Phone me in nine years, we’ll sort something out then.” In 1998 he was officially signed to the McLaren Driver Development Support programme. At 13, he was the youngest such driver to have been contracted by an F1 team. The contract guaranteed financial and technical support and even included a future option for entry into Formula One. Courtesy of
F1 Fanatic: Formula One blog.

All it took was operating at his level best!

 Carols Slim Helu
For those of us who don’t know who this is, he is a man ranked number 1 on forbes list of richest people in the world. He is from Mexico. His company is telecom and he has a net worth of $69,000, 000, 000! He did manage to make the most of the business principles taught by his father and used them to his advantage, even throughout school, to build his fortune and reach this point. You might want to check up on some of his achievements, they are very impressive. As you do so pay close attention to the way he dealt with his shortcomings since not everything was smooth sailing from the start. You can read about him right here. If you want to find out who comes in second and so on, you can do so over here.

Well these are just a few from different walks of life. The common thing they have is the determination to accomplish what they set their minds to. That leads me to the source of the ability to perform at the level best: motivation

What’s your motivation?
What will you keep on doing against all odds?
What would you keep doing even if you got no money for it?
What would you either get up early in the morning or stay up all night doing?

If I am going to be an award-winning director, it will take every effort necessary to sum up the discipline and perseverance  to pull it off. My life’s theme is Seeing What No One Else Sees. As I tell stories that impact lives I want to create a side of them and a side to them that most people would not realise or see coming.  That’s why I’m benchmarking myself against:


 This is the list of my favourite directors. Of course others such as Tom Shadyac (Bruce Almighty, Evan Almighty, Patch Adams) and Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Toy Story) are definitely worth mentioning as they are brilliant storytellers!

 If you read about each of these men in wikipedia you will see why they have such remarkable achievements and serious track records too. I’ve always been drawn to directors whenever I watch movies. It’s almost as if it’s the only name that comes in the opening and closing credits. Admittedly I haven’t learned about great directors and how many movies they’ve done, but the fact still remains I am still going to be an award-winning director. Of course I’m learning about who directs each of the top films and why they stand out from others.

In case you don’t know who these men are, who don’t appear in any particular order, here are their names:

1) Steven Spielberg– Indian Jones and The Temple of Doom, Empire of the Sun, E.T, Jurassic Park.
2) James Cameron– Titanic, Avatar, Aliens, The Terminator.
3) Michael Bay– Transformers 1, 2, 3, Bad Boys, Armageddon, The Island.
4) Christopher Nolan– Inception, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, The Prestige.
5) Martin Scorsese– Hugo, Shutter Island, Gangs of New York, The Departed.


  1. Hey Tari.
    Great post. I loved the statement, “if you do what you hate with excellence you’ll naturally do what you love with excellence”
    God bless.



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