The Status Quo Is Not Good Enough

The Pursuit Of Excellence Means You Never Settle For Anything Less.

You persevere no matter what obstacles are put in your way. You think critically, you listen and you take advice. You analyze information and facts, and you make tough decisions when necessary.

The Pursuit Of Excellence Means Getting Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable.

It is inherent that we all seek progress and growth within our lives. Growth and progress are an innate part of our being. Regardless, sometimes we all settle for the status quo, the path of least resistance, even when we know it is not good enough. The decision to settle is normally the result of comfort limiting our reality. Conversely, when we commit to getting uncomfortable, we commit to growth.

The Pursuit Of Excellence Requires You To Have The Courage To Make Necessary Changes To Stay On The Desired Path.

In pursuing excellence you will have to make tough decisions. More importantly, you need the courage to see them through.

Early humans lived in small tribes of hunter-gatherers. They were nomads, regularly on the move in search of food. Many nomadic tribes moved each season, as different foods became available in different areas of their lands. Getting comfortable and settling in meant death. Early humans could not settle for the status quo. They always had to be moving.

Especially in modern society, movement has two words often associated with it: progress and growth.

  • Progress means forward or onward movement toward a destination.
  • Growth is the process of increasing in amount, value or importance or the process of developing or maturing physically, mentally or spiritually.

Progress and growth are tied to each other, and they both require movement.

Pursuing Excellence Is Not A Work Thing. It Is A Life Thing.

The growth mindset means:

  • I will never settle for the status quo.
  • I will always seek excellence in my life.
  • I will train myself to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.

When you are pursuing excellence and you believe in the path you are on, you need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable and always keep reaching for your impossible goals.

About the author

Joe Marinucci

Joe Marinucci is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Digital Media Solutions since the company’s inception in 2012. Marinucci is responsible for the overall vision and strategy of DMS, leveraging the best people, processes and technology in the industry to deliver data-driven digital performance advertising solutions to offer visibility into the customer experience, help brands grow their businesses and provide accountability for every media dollar spent. Under Marinucci’s leadership, DMS has evolved into an award-winning, digital performance advertising company demonstrating consistent and significant year-over-year growth which earned recognition on the Inc. 5000 list for seven consecutive years.