Ex­cel­lence is a habit

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - The Asia Hrd Awards 2017 - – By Tan Sri R. Palan

The Asia HRD Awards ac­knowl­edges the con­tri­bu­tions of out­stand­ing role mod­els and celebrates ex­cel­lence. Philoso­pher Will Du­rant summed up Aris­to­tle’s thoughts on ex­cel­lence – “We are what we re­peat­edly do, ex­cel­lence then is not an act, but a habit.”

Sim­i­larly, Mal­colm Glad­well in his book Out­liers: The Story of

Suc­cess ad­vo­cated the 10,000hour rule that high­lights the need for at least 10,000 hours of de­lib­er­ate prac­tice to achieve the level of mas­tery as­so­ci­ated with be­ing a world-class ex­pert.

For ex­am­ple, the great painters weren’t great be­cause they could paint at birth. They were great be­cause they painted a lot.

Role mod­els put in a life­time worth of ef­fort in what­ever they did. It may look sim­ple to­day but lest we for­get, it is a jour­ney of a life­time. What­ever they did, whether a small or large ini­tia­tive, they per­sisted and showed to the com­mu­ni­ties they served the value of their ef­forts.

With fo­cus and de­ter­mi­na­tion, they con­sis­tently cre­ated the en­vi­ron­ment to de­velop “Out­liers”. They were able to deal with changes, un­cer­tainty and ad­ver­sity. They in­ter­acted and col­lab­o­rated to make things hap­pen. They leave be­hind a legacy for oth­ers to fol­low and made the world a bet­ter place for oth­ers. These role mod­els made su­pe­rior per­for­mance the norm in their or­gan­i­sa­tions. It’s not easy but they sol­diered on with con­tin­ued per­se­ver­ance and per­sis­tence.

As Walt Dis­ney said: All our dreams can come true if only we have the courage to pur­sue them.

Tan Sri Palan with guest of hon­our Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi.

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