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Robert Stevenson’s Thoughts on the Pursuit of Excellence


True Friends

October 3, 2021

by Robert Stevenson

Most people have a pretty good idea who their enemies are, and if they are smart, they follow Niccollo Machiavelli’s advice of: “Keep your friends close, your enemies closer.” Today I want to address something we sometimes give very little thought to … our friends. We have a tendency to closely monitor our enemies, watching every move they make, but overlook or take for granted the people who can have the most impact on our lives.



Eliminating Bad Habits

August 29, 2021

by Robert Stevenson

We all have bad habits that could be ruining our careers. The key to success in business is eliminating bad habits and developing good ones. English novelist Charles Reade, I think said it best when he wrote: “Sow a thought and you reap an act; Sow an act and you reap a habit; Sow a habit and you reap a character; Sow a character and you reap a destiny.”



Preparation is Key

July 18, 2021

by Robert Stevenson

Georgia Tech invited 20 aerospace engineers and college professors to a paper airplane flying contest to see who could design a paper airplane to stay up the longest. A contest had also been conducted for 2nd-graders in the state of Georgia to see who could design a paper airplane and fly it the longest. The 7-year-old boy who won that contest was invited to Georgia Tech to compete with the aerospace engineers.



Excel at Excuses – Fail at Life

May 16, 2021

by Robert Stevenson

I once read, “excuses are the lies you tell yourself.” That is a powerful statement. It is important to understand that great leaders never expect results from those who give excuses. They will go find someone else to get the job done. So, if you are looking for a great excuse to explain why you didn’t accomplish something, remember this rule: those who excel at excuses seldom excel at anything else. Great leaders are well aware of that rule. I find people who are good at making excuses, are seldom good at reaching goals, solving problems, and leading people. I am tired of people who say…



Shorten Your Learning Curve

March 21, 2021

by Robert Stevenson

If I have learned one thing in business, it is “WHY” experience the pain to learn something when you don’t have to; the more knowledge you can gain from others, the better for you. Go to school on other people’s experiences. Learn from their wise words or from their mistakes and shorten your learning curve. I heard it once said: “He is truly wise who gains wisdom from another’s mishap.”



Nothing Happens Until You Decide

March 14, 2021

by Robert Stevenson

“DECIDE” is an enormously powerful word. How powerful is it? You are one decision away from an entirely new life. I would say that is extremely powerful. Every accomplishment starts with a decision, so nothing happens until you “DECIDE” to make it happen. We also need to understand that decisions can be hard to make because sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same thing.



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