I am sure we all would have heard this story in some form or other, but time again if we recollect this story, it helps us to chase Excellence in our day to day tasks, ensuring we always give our best.

….so goes the story.

A gentleman once visited a temple under construction where he saw a sculptor making a statue of God.

Suddenly he noticed a similar statue lying nearby. Surprised, he asked the sculptor, “Do you need two copies of the same statue?”

“No,” said the sculptor without looking up, “We need only one, but the first one got damaged at the last stage.”

The gentleman examined the statue and found no apparent damage. “Where is the damage?” he asked.

“There is a scratch on the nose.” said the sculptor, still busy with his work.

“Where are you going to install the statue?”

The sculptor replied that it would be installed on a pillar twenty feet high.

“If the statue is that high, who is going to know that there is a scratch on the nose?” the gentleman asked.

The sculptor stopped his work, looked up at the gentleman, smiled and said,

“I know it and God knows it!”

(Author Unknown – Please comment if you know the author, so credit may be given)

Personally, and professionally when we chase Excellence, our work exudes excellence, we attract positivity. If I as an individual can create that urge within me to EXCEL in whatever I do, that’s when we have achieved the true value of ownership.