Inspired by Excellence
Happy New Year. May you have an excellent 2012.
Why do I say “excellent?” Because I am into excellence; it inspires me.
As I go through my daily routine, I never know when I will stumble across something excellent that will inspire me. Excellence comes in all shapes and sizes. Here are a few examples of some of the excellent things that inspire me.
- Perhaps most importantly, excellent character traits in people. People who possess these attributes are people I want to be with. I want them to be my clients; I want them to be my trade-partners; I want to be their customer; I want them to be my friends. Integrity is a key trait to me. Integrity includes honesty, loyalty, and delivering on what you promise. For example, I am a big fan of Lettuce Entertain You restaurants. Their staff treats you unbelievably great. If there is a problem with a meal, they take it back, no questions asked. And they reward me for my loyalty.
- Excellent talent, combined with great work ethic. Lots of pro athletes have talent. But it is the ones that work hard to make the most of that talent, such as Michael Jordan or Derrick Rose, that really inspire me.
- Excellence in my profession. I can be inspired by the work of other architects and designers. I love seeing, great, innovative work. That is why, for example, I read magazines like CS Interiors. I always find inspiration as I leaf through the pages.
- Excellence in photography. I really enjoy amazing photography of interesting subjects. I think National Geographic does an unbelievable job taking fascinating pictures of compelling subjects. If you get the chance, check out their series of “Greatest” books. They are wonderful.
So those are some of the excellent things that inspire me. What about you?