Ways to distinguish yourself – #8 Set higher standards

Ways to distinguish yourself – #8 Set higher standards

By Rajesh Setty on Thu 17 Mar 2005, 4:54 PM – 4 Comments

When describing why he is so successful, Michael Jordan once mentioned

that his secreat was to demand more from himself than anybody else ever

will. Michael Jordan obviously sets higher standards for himself.

In order to good results, we need to set the right expectations and

exceed them consistently. However, if we want outstanding results, we

need to operate at higher personal standards than what others expect of


Let’s take an olympic event. We remember the gold, silver and bronze

winners but not the person in the fourth place. The difference may be

very small but the person in the fourth place is rarely talked about.

Difference between good and outstanding again.

When you send the next email, stop for a minute and think about what

the recipient will think about your standards from the style and

content of the email. What could you do to raise your standards in a

simple act of sending an email? It may take you a few minutes more but

it may be worth spending that extra time..


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Anonymous  on April 6th, 2005

This reminds me of what Lance Armstrong is always saying- he’s always being asked if he has some kind of ‘unfair advantage,’ but he always responds that his unfair advantage is that we works harder than everyone else.

He also has the best team of equipment designers and trainers available. I think all of this shows just how dedicated he is.

(BTW, requiring logins for comment is uber-lame.)

Anonymous  on April 6th, 2005

Good point Ryan. As they say, “luck is the meeting point of the opportunities that are passing by and your awareness and readiness to grab them”

Also, agree with you on the comment about requiring login to post comments. I don’t have a problem with anonymous comments but I don’t have the time to put up a script to prevent comment spam. As soon as I am able to take care of that problem, this annoyance should end. Please bear with me.

Mickey Bacic  on November 26th, 2007

helomy name is mickey i ave searios

problem consening life first ellnes

i have lukimia and and other factor

of ellness second i have no money

third relation ship may be because

im b bit shi i also probley dont

understand love or woomen

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