“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.”
– George Washington Carver (1864-1943)
If you’ve ever spent time at my apartment, you’ll know that Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic are three of my favorite channels. I figure I might as well learn something while watching TV. I’m not really sure what I learn from watching the lions attack the buffalo heard for the 100th time, but it’s still better than soap operas.
One show I like to watch is American Chopper. It is sort of a reality show, based on the work of the Orange County Chopper garage. They explain their project at the beginning of each show. After an hour you get to see the finished product—a custom made motorcycle. Part of the show’s entertainment comes from watching father, son and son argue over how to make the motorcycle. I’m particularly thankful for TV censorship; since the explicatives are abundant during their arguments (lots of words get “bleeped” out).
Here’s what I find particularly interesting about these guys at OCC: they are basically fabricators, designers, mechanics and motorcycle enthusiasts (nothing particularly glorious about these titles). I doubt that they ever planned to be famous, yet they have their own TV show. They even have their own video game I hear. It is normal for them to meet professional athletes, celebrities, CEO’s, and the like. How does this happen?
The answer is this: EXCELLENCE. They’ve established a reputation for excellence in what they do. Their work has become world renown.
Proverbs has something to say about this subject:
Do you see a man skilled in his work?
He will serve before kings;
he will not serve before obscure men.
I imagine that King Solomon wrote this because he had personally experienced it. Solomon’s building projects are famous until this day. Those who were highly skilled had the honor of working for him—perhaps even meeting him personally.
As this New Year begins, let’s strive for excellence in all that we do. You never know just where your skills might take you if you do your best and pursue excellence. Perhaps you too will stand before kings!
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