Taken from the Man Up app

1) People who are excellent at their jobs are PASSIONATE about what they do. It’s impossible to be remarkable at your job if you’re not passionate about what you’re doing. Passion is a dynamic quality that adds flavor and life to a task. Passion doesn’t allow you to do anything subpar. Passion compels you to put your best foot forward, especially when no one is looking. Are you passionate about what you’re doing? If not, why? What will you do differently?

2) People who are excellent at their job are LEARNERS. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s next to impossible for you to be excellent at your job. I was a better NFL player in my fifth year than in my first year. Why? Because I studied and learned the details and nuances of the game. This translated into better performance. Are you learning the details of your job? Are you putting in the extra effort to be excellent at what you do? If not, why? What will you do differently?

3) People who are excellent at their job have a FEROCIOUS WORK ETHIC. Lots of people talk about being excellent, but very few have a work ethic that produces excellence. Sadly, I’ve found that many are okay with being mediocre at their jobs. I think mediocrity occurs because people miss the integration of faith into their work life. We’re not working for “the man”, we’re serving the Lord of the universe with the talents with which He has blessed us. (Colossians 3:22-25). Do you have a work ethic that produces excellence? If not, why? What will you do differently?

4) People who are excellent at their job have the ability to FOCUS. We live in age of many choices and distractions. As a result, we get distracted doing so much that we do little to nothing with excellence. Excellence requires focus on that “one thing'” and having a bulldog mentality to fight off distractions and pour yourself into the primary task at hand. “According to a recent study from researchers at the University of Utah, people who multitask are actually less productive than people who focus on one thing at a time. Even more depressing: people who believe themselves to be master multitaskers are seriously overestimating their capabilities.” http://news.menshealth.com/stop-multitasking/2013/02/08/

Are you easily distracted? Are you doing so much that you’re not doing anything with excellence? What will you do differently?

5) People who are excellent at their job sacrifice I learned in high school that if I wanted to earn a college football scholarship, I had to sacrifice. That meant not doing some of things that my peers were doing. At times it was painful. But those sacrifices enabled me to have my college education paid for and empowered me to play six years in the NFL (Colts 1993-1997 & Carolina Panthers 1998). Moving from mediocrity to excellence is going to cost you something; maybe something very valuable. Are you willing to sacrifice for excellence? If not, why?


MLK Day 1/20/2014

About MLK | His words
What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?
Six months before he was assassinated, King spoke to a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967.

I want to ask you a question, and that is: What is your life’s blueprint?

Whenever a building is constructed, you usually have an architect who draws a blueprint, and that blueprint serves as the pattern, as the guide, and a building is not well erected without a good, solid blueprint.

Now each of you is in the process of building the structure of your lives, and the question is whether you have a proper, a solid and a sound blueprint.

I want to suggest some of the things that should begin your life’s blueprint. Number one in your life’s blueprint, should be a deep belief in your own dignity, your worth and your own somebodiness. Don’t allow anybody to make you fell that you’re nobody. Always feel that you count. Always feel that you have worth, and always feel that your life has ultimate significance.

Secondly, in your life’s blueprint you must have as the basic principle the determination to achieve excellence in your various fields of endeavor. You’re going to be deciding as the days, as the years unfold what you will do in life — what your life’s work will be. Set out to do it well.

And I say to you, my young friends, doors are opening to you–doors of opportunities that were not open to your mothers and your fathers — and the great challenge facing you is to be ready to face these doors as they open.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great essayist, said in a lecture in 1871, “If a man can write a better book or preach a better sermon or make a better mousetrap than his neighbor, even if he builds his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.”

This hasn’t always been true — but it will become increasingly true, and so I would urge you to study hard, to burn the midnight oil; I would say to you, don’t drop out of school. I understand all the sociological reasons, but I urge you that in spite of your economic plight, in spite of the situation that you’re forced to live in — stay in school.

And when you discover what you will be in your life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it. don’t just set out to do a good job. Set out to do such a good job that the living, the dead or the unborn couldn’t do it any better.

If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well. If you can’t be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. Be be the best little shrub on the side of the hill.

Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.