Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle will never know.
Author: Charles Kingsley (1819-1875)
Profession: British Author, Clergyman
Anybody who accepts mediocrity -- in school, on the job, in life -- is a person who compromises, and when the leader compromises, the whole organization compromises.
Author: Charles Knight
I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
Author: Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
Profession: Sixteenth President of the USA
If you'll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.
Author: Vince Lombardi (1913-1970)
Profession: American Football Coach
When we have done our best, we should wait the result in peace.
Author: Sir John Lubbock (1834-1913)
Profession: British Statesman, Banker, Naturalist
There is a canyon of difference between doing your best to glorify God and doing whatever it takes to glorify yourself. The quest for excellence is a mark of maturity. The quest for power is childish.
Author: Max L. Lucado
Profession: American Author of "The Eye of the Storm"
You always have to give 100 percent, because if you don't, someone, someplace, will give 100 percent and will beat you when you meet.
Author: Ed Macauley
It isn't by size that you win or fail -- be the best of whatever you are.
Author: Douglas Malloch
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
Today, and every day, deliver more than you are getting paid to do. The victory of success will be half won when you learn the secret of putting out more than is expected in all that you do. Make yourself so valuable in your work that eventually you will become indispensable. Exercise your privilege to go the extra mile, and enjoy all the rewards you receive. You deserve them!
The person who knows one thing and does it better than anyone else, even if it only be the art of raising lentils, receives the crown he merits. If he raises all his energy to that end, he is a benefactor of mankind and its rewarded as such.
Deliver more than you are getting paid to do. The victory of success will be half won when you learn the secret of putting out more than is expected in all that you do. Make yourself so valuable in your work that eventually you will become indispensable.
One of the great undiscovered joys of life comes from doing everything one attempts to the best of one's ability. There is a special sense of satisfaction, a pride in surveying such a work, a work which is rounded, full, exact, complete in its parts, which the superficial person who leaves his or her work in a slovenly, slipshod, half-finished condition, can never know. It is this conscientious completeness which turns any work into art. The smallest task, well done, becomes a miracle of achievement.
I want to be all that I am capable of becoming.
Author: Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923)
Profession: New Zealand-born British Author
People who have accomplished work worthwhile have had a very high sense of the way to do things. They have not been content with mediocrity. They have not confined themselves to the beaten tracks; they have never been satisfied to do things just as others so them, but always a little better. They always pushed things that came to their hands a little higher up, this little farther on, that counts in the quality of life's work. It is constant effort to be first-class in everything one attempts that conquers the heights of excellence.
Author: Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924)
Profession: American Author, Founder of Success Magazine