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In pursuit of excellence

— Sumit Paul



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 from outside...Excellence is not for someone else to notice, but for your own satisfaction and efficiency. don't climb a mountain with an Intention that the world should see you. Climb the mountain with the intention to see the world.

“Our pristine excellence is lost forever in an attempt to display it to the world,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson. If we live to please and impress others, we will fail to produce our very best. Anything created with a view to attracting the masses always falls short of the ultimate excellence.

Michelangelo sculpted his famous David for himself. It was later presented to the world by his friend and partner Gorvinel. Had Michelangelo thought to sculpt this masterpiece for the people, it would not have been such an enduring work of art. Only with one's own approval, can a piece of art or anything becomes the supreme. Jalaluddin Rumi's poetry is still read after 800 years because, the great mystic wrote his verses for god and not for the worldly readers. His reader was the epitome of Excellence: God. The legendary Shakespearean critic Professor Bradley said that ' Most of Shakespeare's fabulous plays were not meant for the audience. They were for Shakespeare himself.' He honed them to excellence for his soul-satisfaction.This is the key to excellence. It gladdens the creator's soul regardless of what others feel.

A river flows, a tree grows, a bird flies and the stars twinkle without any intention to who and how many people are watching their languid grace and lambent brightness. They do it for themselves. A falcon's majestic flight is not for others. It flies for itself and therefore, it kisses the sky every time it soars higher and higher. We all must know that excellence is first of all to please one's own soul and then only it moves the world and is remembered by the posterity. The English adage, Charity begins at home can also be paraphrased as excellence begins at home and it lies at our doorsteps.


About the Author
Sumit Paul is a Poona-based advanced research student of Semitic languages and civilizations. He contributes to world's premier publications and portals in several languages, viz, Persian, Arabic, Turkish, Urdu, French, Spanish, Dutch, Hindi, English among others.

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