Cultivating Excellence

It is a pity that our culture celebrates the prodigies. We hold up those with preternatural abilities as examples and role models. We marvel at their inborn talents and the ease in which they execute seemingly impossible feats. It is unfortunate, because celebrating prodigies fosters an attitude that if we just keep trying new things, eventually we too will find that untapped, latent genius...

What Are You (Spiritually) Training For?

I follow a handful of fitness professionals including Jillian Michaels, Scott Sonnon, and Tony Horton.  I read their wisdom, tips and inspirational essays on a variety of social media: Twitter, FaceBook, Google+ and their personal blogs or websites.  Despite being known for their roles as weight-loss and fitness gurus, they are some of the most spiritual people out there.  Their practical,...

Excellence

"We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." — Aristotle Geoff Colvin recently published a book titled Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else. Colvin squashes the mythology around successful people; the myth that their excellence is innate. Colvin says, "Greatness doesn’t come from DNA but from practice and...