"You don't need to do that, what you have is good enough," they say. I disagree. Our society is all about the bare minimum, just getting by. I, on the other hand, am about excelling, going one step further and ignoring the when it's time to stop.
Whatever happened to striving for excellence, to going the extra mile? When did it become satisfactory to come home, feed your cats, eat dinner and go to bed? When did life become about simply surviving?
Well, I don't care, because mine isn't. I hunger for excellence, for one step beyond the norm and nothing, nothing is going to stand between me and achieving just that.
Others have tried, oh yes, they have tried to bring me down to their mediocrity, but I have broken free and through trial and error, surrounded myself with those who seek excellence with the same fervor I do.
In a society of bare minimums, all rights and good enoughs, I intend to break through the glass ceiling of mediocrity and knowing that my friends and companions will be there beside me, smashing the same barriers, gives me the courage to fight on, even when things get tough.
You see, nature favors those that get up after being knocked down, those that refuse to stop once the acceptable level has been reached. The man that does just enough is much like a cog in a machine, playing his part, but he who does more sets the pace for all the other cogs and laughs as the machine breaks as it tries fruitlessly to keep up.
So if you've done what's necessary to complete something, why not pick it back up and go one step farther? Why not push it just a little bit harder? The extra mile may be the hardest to run, but it is definitely the most rewarding.
Separate yourself through excellence, make yourself great through hard work and perseverance because if you don't, people like myself and my friends will quickly leave you behind…
Think about this before you go, many have completed a 26 mile marathon, but how many could go 27? It's that extra mile that makes all the difference in the world that is.