: to be superior to: to surpass in accomplishment or achievement
: to be distinguishable by superiority: surpass others
Excel (v.): c. 1400, from Latin excellere “to rise, surpass, be superior, be eminent,” from ex “out from” + cellere “rise high, tower,” related to celsus “high, lofty, great,” from Proto Indo European root kel “to be prominent; hill.”
"Many people who excel are self-taught."
Herb Ritts (1952-2002, photographer, who gained a reputation as a master of art, fashion, and commercial photography)
“Perfection is pure action that comes with zeal to excel.”
Vikrmn (aka as CA Vikram Verma, artist, programmer, accountant, and author of such books as "Corpkshetra," "10 Golden Steps of Life," "10 Alone," and "Guru with a Guitar")
"Great champions have an enormous sense of pride. The people who excel are those who are driven to show the world and prove to themselves just how good they are."
Nancy Lopez (b. 1957, professional golfer and the youngest woman to be inducted into the Ladies Professional Golf Association Hall of Fame; won more than forty-eight tournaments, earning more than $5 million in prize money during her career)
"Let us carefully observe those good qualities wherein our enemies excel us; and endeavor to excel them, by avoiding what is faulty, and imitating what is excellent in them."
Plutarch (Plutarch of Chaeronea in Boeotia, 45–120 CE, Platonist philosopher, best known to the general public as author of his “Parallel Lives” of paired Greek and Roman statesmen and military leaders)
"Something I like to do a lot is just sit by water when there's a current and just stare into the water. I don't fish, I don't hunt, I don't scuba, I don't spear, don't boat, don't play basketball or football - I excel at staring into space. I'm really good at that."
Iggy Pop (b. 1947, American singer, songwriter, musician, producer and actor; the vocalist of the influential photo-punch band, The Stooges, well known for his outrageous and unpredictable stage antics)
"To excel at the highest level - or any level, really - you need to believe in yourself, and hands down, one of the biggest contributors to my self-confidence has been private coaching."
Stephen Curry (b. Wendell Stephen Curry II in 1988, American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association; called the greatest shooter in NBA history; also won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award and led the Warriors to their first championship since 1975)
"As a leader, I am tough on myself and I raise the standard for everybody; however, I am very caring because I want people to excel at what they are doing so that they can aspire to be me in the future."
Indra Nooyi (b. in 1955, Indian American business executive and the current chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo; ranked among the World's 100 Most Powerful Women; ranked at #13 on the list of Forbes World's 100 most powerful women in 2014 and the 82nd most powerful woman on the Fortune list in 2016)
“Something I like to do a lot is just sit by water when there’s a current and just stare into the water. I don’t fish, I don’t hunt, I don’t scuba, I don’t spear, don’t boat, don’t play basketball or football – I excel at staring into space. I’m really good at that.” — Iggy Pop
I love communing with Nature. I especially love sitting by a natural body of water, whether it’s the ocean, lake, or stream. It’s so amazing to witness, feel, and benefit from Water’s mysterious healing power through its crescendo and acceleration of its waves.
One of my favorite bodies of water is Lake Virginia which borders Rollins College in Winter Park Florida. The land vibrates peace, and there are a handful of power places that I love to meditate and contemplate in; whether it’s sitting in the gazebo, where I have met powerful strangers, or in sitting under oak trees near the Lake’s shore.
At water’s edge, I am privileged to feel the energy of the many waves that come to shore. Water can also be “eye candy” to the many different creative designs that form on its surface. Witnessing and gazing into water’s infinite beauty fills and inspires me to excel in being my best towards my own personal beauty and potentiality.
Let’s continue towards our own notions of excellence, sojourners! There’s so much fun in the pursuits.
Namaste, my sisters and brothers!