Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
— Jim Ryun
Repetition is the key to good habits, in golf and in life.
— Sandra Haynie
Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.
The successful person is the individual who forms the habit of doing what the failing person doesn’t like to do.
— Donald Riggs
When we have practiced good actions awhile, they become easy; when they are easy, we take pleasure in them; when they please us, we do them frequently; and then, by frequency of act, they grow into a habit.
— John Tillotson
Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
— John Gardner
The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
— Pearl Buck
Excellence is born of having higher expectations of yourself than anyone could possibly have of you.
— Condolezza Rice
People are always making comparisons, and we notice the things that are different. If you render more and better service than others, you will naturally stand out in bold contrast.
— Napoleon Hill
I remember a very important lesson that my father gave me when I was twelve or thirteen. He said, “You know, today I welded a perfect seam and I signed my name to it.” And I said, “But, Daddy, no one’s going to see it.” And he said, “Yeah, but I know it’s there.”
— Toni Morrison
A student from whom nothing is ever demanded which he cannot do, never does all he can.
— John Stuart Mill
I tell my sons, “I don’t care what you do in life, but whatever you do, be the best person in the world when you do it. Even if you’re going to be a ditch digger, be the best ditch digger in the world.
— Joseph Kennedy
My parents always told me that people will never know how long it takes you to do something. They will only know how well it is done.
— Nancy Hanks
I always knew that my father loved me and cared about me. The reason is that he paid attention to the results. If we didn’t mow the lawn or wash the car right the first time, my brother and I would do it again. He was very concerned that we did things right and that we learned from our mistakes.
— Bill Marriott, Jr.
The quality of a man’s life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.
— Vince Lombardi
I do not try to dance better than anyone else, I only try to dance better than myself.
— Mikhail Baryshnikov
Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.
— Sandra Day O’Connor
Good quality is cheap; it’s poor quality that is expensive.
— Joe Griffith
It is a favorite belief of mine that no student ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction.
— Charles Adams
The way to get ahead in this world is to do whatever work you are doing well, then you will be picked to do some other job that is not being done well.
— Samuel Vauclair
Be so good they can’t ignore you.
— Jerry Dunn
All successful employers are stalking men who will do the unusual, men who think, men who attract attention by performing more than is expected of them.
— Charles Schwab
Do a good job. You don’t have to worry about the money; it will take care of itself. Just do your best work – then try to trump it.
— Walt Disney
The only means of success is to render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be. This is a habit followed by all successful people since the beginning of time. Therefore, I say the surest way to doom yourself to mediocrity is to perform only the work for which you are paid.
— Og Mandino
He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Nothing contributes so much to tranquilizing the mind as a steady purpose – a point on which the soul may fire its intellectual eye.
— Mary Shelley
You must have a purpose for each day. This gives each day a structure and the sense you are controlling the day and not being controlled by it. Purpose establishes your discipline and makes you more focused.
— Rick Pitino
More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.
— Billy Sunday
The rewards of reaching for excellence are profound. I’m not talking about a pay raise, a plaque or even a gold medal. It’s living into a purpose or a calling that enlivens even the most mundane tasks. It’s a deep pride in the life we are living.
— Nancy Hogshead
To do a common thing uncommonly will bring success.
— Henry Heinz
All of my life I’ve always had the urge to do things better than anybody else.
— Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself.
— Henry Ward Beecher
No matter how humble your work may seem, do it in the spirit of an artist, of a master. In this way, you lift it out of commonness and rob it of what would otherwise be drudgery.
— Orison Marden