In search of Excellence: Lessons from a professional athlete

In search of excellence

Editor: This is a guest post from Matthew Bailey.  He is a professional hockey player in Europe, a living testament to discipline and one of the most driven people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.  Learn how to pursue excellence directly from someone who has come closer than most people ever do.   You can read more about Matthew on his website, Evolving Excellence.

I believe the key driver which has allowed me to achieve many goals in my life is to hold myself accountable to a very high standard.   It is also my belief that it was my parents who instilled this attribute in me at a young age.
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What Defines Great and Successful Men?

What makes a good man?

 

Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to deal with some great and success men.  From my father, to multimillionaires in their 20’s and owners of empires. It usually becomes apparent quicker than not in interaction, that you get the sense you are dealing with a man of high caliber.  

 

Often times there are typical status symbols of a great or successful man; they have a successful business, they’ve reached an expert level or high status within their chosen career.  Maybe they have the flashy material items that can just come along with greatness and success.

 

But that’s usually not the only thing.  High status, a profitable business, and toys are just byproducts of what come from the characteristicsingredients, if you will – of great and successful men.  They aren’t great and successful because of the cars and top jobs or businesses.  They have those things because of a few characteristics.
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Living Abroad Got Me Like…

I’ve been living abroad in South Korea for just under 4 weeks now, so needless to say.. I know it all.  

 

Far from it, obviously.  But even in such a short amount of time, I feel such change already come about.

This isn’t my first time traveling.  But this is my first time living abroad and completely alone.  I have my own apartment in a city – a country – on a continent – where I know practically no one.  

I’m a personable guy, I’ve met people since.  But it was a daunting first week.

The following are a few revelations and thoughts I’ve had about travel and living abroad thus far.  More to come, I am sure.
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