Story-time : Excellence


A German once visited a temple under construction where he saw a sculptor making an idol of God. Suddenly he noticed a similar idol lying nearby. Surprised, he asked the sculptor, “Do you need two statues of the same idol?” “No,” said the sculptor without looking up, “We need only one, but the first
one got damaged at the last stage.” The gentleman examined the idol and found no apparent damage. “Where is the damage?” he asked. “There is a scratch on the nose of the idol.” said the sculptor, still busy with his work. “Where are you going to install the idol?”

The sculptor replied that it would be installed on a pillar twenty feet high. “If the idol is that far, who is going to know that there is a scratch on the nose?” the gentleman asked. The sculptor stopped work, looked up at the gentleman, smiled and said, “I will know it.”

The desire to excel is exclusive of the fact whether someone else appreciates it or not. “Excellence” is a drive from inside, not outside. Excellence is not for someone else to notice but for your own satisfaction and efficiency…

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2 thoughts on “Story-time : Excellence

  1. Great story!! i love it completely.

    Intrinsic motivation. and on the same lines have always been unsure about 2 ‘problems’

    Is there any way of “stimulating” the desire to excel?
    Can the desire to excel be increased or created?

    • Is there any way of “stimulating” the desire to excel?
      Of course there is, when the need is big enough to excel , people do so. The key is in convincing yourself about how big the need is.

      Can the desire to excel be increased or created?
      It can be both increased and created. Competition does that, goals do that and so do sale discounts:)

      I would recommend that you read my article on motivation under Mindfood. If you still have these questions, I will go all guns to find whatever answers can be found.

      Thanks for your comment 🙂

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