Anything worth doing is worth doing right. In the same vein, the way you do anything is the way you do everything. You can be a person of excellence. Or you can cut corners here and there trying to do the minimal possible when “it doesn’t matter.” We have all done this–especially me just trying to GSD (“get stuff done”). The challenge here is it can be a slippery slope. It can be very hard to differentiate when you really need to do something right and when you can cut corners. It’s okay, you tell yourself, I just need to get this done. And next thing you know many things that should be done excellently are “just getting done.” If you can, it’s better to pride yourself on excellence. It will build your confidence and everyone around you will see the quality of your work. It will make a difference.

For a little more encouragement, you should realize that you will pay for things now or pay for them later. You end up paying for them one way or another. And usually when it’s later, you pay a much higher price. You can take the time to oil your bicycle chain once a month. It takes a few minutes and some oil, so you have to pay the small price. But if you don’t pay it now, you’ll end up paying much more later when you have to replace the entire chain (and probably the sprockets that rusted to the chain).