Only if you consider that excellence is a process.

When things don’t go as well as intended, we often think of ourselves as failures. Or, we blame others or circumstances beyond our direct control.

Let’s face it: Our intellectual foresight is limited; when something doesn’t seem ‘right’ or seem to make logical sense, we tend to get concerned and upset. And all too frequently, that emotional state gets in the way of our ability to take appropriate measures to achieve our ultimate objectives.

But what we can’t always see is the perfection of the Universe in the longer run. Sometimes, what seems like a ‘raw deal’ or ‘bad experience’ is something which strengthens us and actually serves us in the future.

It’s just that with our limited view of current events as they relate to a bigger picture, we don’t have the ability to see (and experience) such seeming unpleasantries as desirable and valuable experiences.

Consider that “Perfection is your life as it is this very moment. Excellence, on the other hand, is the process of fulfilling on your commitments in life.”

Said differently, your life is perfect as you experience it now. And these very experiences are like lily pads that you land on, on your way to grander and grander experiences.


  1. Commit to developing the habit of recognizing the perfection in your current life circumstances whatever they are. Whether your business is thriving or barely surviving, be willing to trust in the perfection in the current state of affairs.
  2. On a daily basis, practice the habit of acknowledging that all your life experiences, desirable or not, ultimately do serve you in fulfilling on mission of your business and the purpose of your life.

When I was struggling financially early in my practice as a plastic surgeon, I kept telling myself that I was learning valuable lessons. Was it tough to keep telling myself that? Of course! Many days, I just couldn’t see any end in sight and the only solution I could think of was “Beam me up, Scotty!” (for those of you who haven’t seen Star Trek, this is the phrase that Captain Kirk says to his First Engineer to beam him up from the planet surface to the Starship Enterprise.)

But over a decade later, now having retired from practicing plastic surgery when I was 40, I have a different perspective. I now recognize all those tough times as valuable, worthwhile experiences which serve me well in helping fellow entrepreneurs to lead wealthier, healthier, and more productive lives.

But back then, there was no way I could foresee this. NO WAY!

And yet, today, I make a greater difference in more peoples’ lives, by helping their businesses to be more successful. And, I get to spend more time with my wife and two sons. As parents, my wife and I are one of the few who participate in school events with both of us there.

Moreover, I make more money, with less legal risk, in less time than I did as a plastic surgeon. And, I have no risk of having to get up in the middle of the night to tend to a patient in the emergency room.

Now, I’m not telling you this to gloat. It’s just that I don’t know that can paint a picture with words about how miserable and terrified I was back then. But I’m sharing my own harrowing experiences as an example of how extremely trying circumstances fit into the bigger picture, one that may be grander than we can imagine during times of immense distress.

The collective of your entire life experiences are part of the journey of you fulfilling on your greater purpose in life. Embrace them all and you’ll experience a quantum leap of freedom in your business and in your life. As a side benefit, your business will thrive in direct correlation to the degree of freedom that you alow yourself to experience in all areas of your life.