Excellence is a habit
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.