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Importance of Striving for Excellence

by Ron Kurtus (updated 28 February 2022)

Striving for excellence is trying to do your best.

In your role as a student, it is important that you do your best and produce excellent work. This will increase your confidence and esteem, as well as result in praise, good grades, and other benefits.

Excellence requires satisfying the homework requirements, being well-prepared for your tests, and even going beyond what is expected.

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Doing an acceptable job in your schoolwork means that you have completed the assignment as required, it was turned in on time, and it was without errors or omissions.

Doing your best

On the other hand, doing an excellent job means you have done your best and have exceeded the expectations of the teacher. Hopefully, it will result in getting a top grade.

In the eye of the beholder

To some degree, excellence is in the eye of the beholder. If you have done your best, you may feel your schoolwork is excellent.

But the teacher may have had different expectations and a different way to evaluate whether or not the work was excellent.

Should know what is required

That is why it is important to know the requirements and expectations before proceeding with an assignment.

Benefits of being excellent

The benefits of doing excellent work are an increase in confidence and self-esteem, as well as recognition and praise.

Gain confidence and esteem

It is a good feeling when you complete a difficult school project. It can increase your confidence in being able to do even more challenging tasks.

If you have done your best, gone the extra mile and produced what you feel is an excellent assignment, you should feel proud of yourself and your abilities. It is especially gratifying if you can look at what you have accomplished with pride.

Get praise and acknowledgement

If your teacher and fellow students also feel that you have done excellent work, you may receive praise or acknowledgement for what you have done.

They may recognize you as a student who does his or her best to do quality work. A student with a reputation for doing excellent work will certainly get better grades than someone who often does a shoddy job.

Becoming excellent

You should make an effort to gain excellence.

Know the requirements

The first thing in ensuring that you do excellent job is to know the requirements for completing your assignment. You must then work hard to complete the task on time and per the requirements, with no errors or omissions.

Have a good attitude

The attitude of doing excellent work goes beyond simply satisfying teacher requirements. It is delivering a product that is beyond your teacher's expectations. You should add an extra touch of quality to all of your assignments.

Other factors needed

You need to be healthy and alert to do excellent work. You also need knowledge and skill, as well as character to complete your assignments. Having a reputation for excellence can lead to becoming admired and considered valuable by your teachers, parents, and friends.


It is good to do your best to produce excellent work. This will increase your confidence and esteem, and you may receive praise from your teachers and fellow students.

Excellence requires satisfying the homework requirements and doing more than is expected.

Walk tall and be proud of your work

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