In pursuit of Excellence

29 Mar

passion and excellence

While on a walk yesterday, I saw this amazing sight – a truck driver carefully diligently and lovingly washing the decorative bells on his truck. It really astounded me – after all, these bells are like less than a foot away from the road – within 3 minutes of its first trip post the rest, the bells will all be caked in inches of mud and dirt – I would NEVER wash these bells (in cleaning, I survive on the theory that “what the eye doesn’t see is not worth cleaning :)”). But, this guy clearly has a passion for his work/ workplace/ means of livelihood and is making sure that all aspects of it are impeccable!

It’s why my driver came back in the middle of a week long vacation from a place 400 kms away – just so he could perform the vishwakarma puja on our cars (a special kind of worship on a specific day of all worktools).

Reminded me of my husband’s cousin Hema (no more in this world sadly) who was a national level table tennis player and yet kept a fantastic,. sparkling house, was raising lovely well mannered and bright kids and was a super seamstress/ knitter and cook to boot. All this she did herself despite having a household full of domestic help. She told me – a quote I will always remember – “See, you are working at a job, and doing well there. But if a housewife doesn’t do the house related work well, then she is NOTHING”

It reminds me also of folks like my nephew Dhruv who is always striving to do better than his own best (remember Bubka?) – he is ALWAYS studying/ trying new algorithms/ models/ business ideas – has recently written a paper that got published in a peer reviewed journal (he’s not an academician!) – just driven by the pursuit of excellence.

Its what drives (or should drive) our sportspeople — hmm, maybe murky waters those 🙂

But, shows how folks tend to get defined by what they are doing, but take pride in excellence in that work – it doesn’t matter whether you are head honcho in a large corporate or a truck driver!

That’s why I have NO patience with the kind of stuff you hear about – as an example in this latest study – when you hear that folks don’t take pride in their work and still feel entitled to enjoy the benefits of happiness!

As an old professor of mine said, “Anything that’s worth doing, is worth doing well”!…….

Short post today – its good friday and the kids are home :). But i will write more on this topic later – maybe this becomes the first of another series – infact perhaps worth making it contributory, so if any of you feel you have any stories to contribute, pls feel free to become a guest blogger 🙂

Happy Long Weekend everybody!


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