A Quote by Zen Buddhism on zen, buddha, buddhism, love, play, mind, body, excellence, grace, work, working, and playing

The person who is a master in the art of living makes little distinction between their work and their play, their labor and their leisure, their mind and their body, their education and their recreation, their love and their religion.  They hardly know which is which. They simply pursue their vision of excellence and grace in whatever they do, leaving others to decide whether they are working or playing. To them, they are always doing both.

Zen Buddhism

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A Quote by Melanie Erikson on excellence and living large

To excel is to continually perform. Not for a moment or moments. Not for a day or for days. But to perform day after day, month after month, and make that uncommon performance look commonplace. To excel is to take the inner drive of competition and not only embrace it, but master it.It is no wonder that when one truly excels, one is known for excellence. It cannot be bought or legislated or willed into existence. It must come from the depths of an individual's desire to be the best.

Melanie Erikson

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A Quote by Aristotle on excellence, habit, act, and repeat

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

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A Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on excellence

"We have a philosophy of trying to have every single product we make be the best in the world," says Chouinard [CEO of Patagonia]. "Not among the best--but the best. Every single thing, whether it's a pair of pants or a shirt, whatever."

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Source: Good Business : Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning, Pages: 14

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A Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on profit, business, purpose, service, excellence, and creativity

When each of these three elements of vision--concern for excellence, for people and for the wider environment--are present, business is transformed from a tool for making profits into a creative, humane experiment for improving life.     

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Source: Good Business : Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning, Pages: 199

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A Quote by John Eliot on commitment, excellence, arete, love, and success

Future superstars don't get there by keeping part of their heart in reserve.

John Eliot

Source: Overachievement: The New Model for Exceptional Performance, Pages: xx

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A Quote by Eric Butterworth on practice, discipline, and excellence

Ask any great athlete or the concert pianist or the successful actor if they have arrived at the place where they need no further practice. They will tell you that the higher you climb in proficiency and public acceptance, the greater the need for practice.

Eric Butterworth

Source: Spiritual Economics: The Principles and Process of True Prosperity, Pages: 75

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A Quote by Socrates on excellence, wealth, arete, and the apology

“Wealth does not bring about excellence, but excellence brings about wealth and all other public and private blessings for men.”

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

Source: The Last Days of Socrates: Euthyphro; The Apology; Crito; Phaedo (Penguin Classics)

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A Quote by Jim Collins on excellence, growth, and arete

The critical question asked by a visionary company is not "How well are we doing?" or "How can we do well?" or "How well do we have to perform to meet the competition?" For these companies, the critical question is "How can we do better tomorrow than we did today?" They institutionalize this question as a way of life--a habit of mind and action. Superb execution and performance naturally come to the visionary companies not so much as an end goal, but as the residual result of a never-ending cycle of self-stimulated improvement and investment for the future...

Jim Collins

Source: Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Harper Business Essentials), Pages: 184

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A Quote by Jesus on brothers, excellence, nobility, and purity

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.


Source: The Bible

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