“Do you see a man who excels in his work?
He will stand before kings;
He will not stand before unknown men.” – Proverbs 22:29
I always tell my kids before I drop them off at school “Excellence is the key to success! Approach this day with enthusiasm and do your best!”
It never gets old. I say it with the same fervor every single school day.
I truly believe striving for excellence, taking the extra step, consistency and perseverance comprise the cream that rises to the top.
When we show up every day ready to go, ready to take on the tough challenges putting our best foot forward, and continuing to build, the world eventually takes notice.
The world doesn’t take notice because we are screaming for attention.
The world takes notice because our light shines so bright the world can’t help but to say, “Hey, what is that over there?”
The Bible’s book of Exodus chronicles the prophet Moses’ birth, exile from Egypt, and return to liberate Israelites.
Moses’ return to Egypt begins with a scripture describing Moses’ discovery of God through an encounter with a burning bush while toiling for his father in law.
Eventually, Moses’ duties and leadership for the people of Israel increases under the direction of God.
After liberating Israel, God then delivers two tablets containing the historic Ten Commamdments to Moses on Mount Sinai for the purpose of giving the new nation a moral compass.
Moses becomes so hungry for God in this epic encounter Moses asks to see God face to face on the mountain.
Instead of the deity’s face, God shows Moses his back parts in a powerful display.
After talking with God on the mountain, Moses came from God and his face shined.
The scripture said Moses was “not aware that his face was radiant.”
Why would the scripture choose to point out Moses didn’t know his face shined?
Because a shiny face isn’t what Moses was after.
Moses was after God and discovering who he was in God so he could lead his people through an uncertain future frought with tremendous challenges.
Excellence is doing the work because that is what must be done, not for recognition.
Excellence is in the creation, the building, the expanding, the efficiency of operation.
Excellence is in us.
Excellence is its own reward.
Once we become comfortable with that, we become humble enough to surrender and allow the fruits of that labor be drawn to us.
And that is when we will stand before kings.
Because then, we will have become like minded royalty ourselves.
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Exavier B. Pope I, Esq. is an award winning attorney, on air legal analyst, media personality, Fortune 500 speaker, content creator, writer, tastemaker, thought leader, and yogi. Mr. Pope is the host of #SuitUP Podcast for his production company 528 Media Group, and a contributing writer and host of the Radical Inspiration Podcast distributed through Wanderlust/Yoganonymous. Mr. Pope has over 200+ appearances on air, including: international television on BBC and Al Jazeera English; national television on Fox News Channel, HLN, NBC Nightly News, Al Jazeera America, WGN Morning News, Fox Business Channel, and Huff Post Live; Top 3 Local Media Markets on Fox, CBS, and NBC; international radio on BBC Radio; national radio on ESPN Radio, Clear Channel Radio, NBC Sports Radio, CBS Sports Radio; written and contributed digitally to The Hollywood Reporter, CNBC, Huffington Post, Jet, and Black Enterprise; and has appeared in other media outlets nationally and internationally. Mr. Pope is represented by top media and literary agency RLR Associates.
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