The following statement comes from Chistopher Parkening who is perhaps the world's best classical guitar player. I think Vince would also agree with these comments.
“I suggest that you pursue a commitment to personal excellence rather than success, based on your own God-given potential. Success and excellence are often competing ideas. Being successful does not necessarily mean you will be excellent, and being excellent does not necessarily mean you will be successful. Success is attaining or achieving cultural goals, which elevates ones importance in the society in which he lives. Excellence is the pursuit of quality in one’s work and effort, whether the culture recognizes it or not.
Wow– Christopher goes on to say “Success grants its rewards to a few, but is the dream of the multitudes. Excellence is available to all but is accepted only by a few.”
As commissioned sales people most of us need to produce continuously and be successful to support ourselves and our families. We need to be successful in our basic job and we need to be successful in our marketing. At the same time; I believe if we focus on doing the excellent job and putting out excellent marketing, we will be successful to the degree that we need to be.”Excellence is internal- seeking satisfaction in having done your best” You will pay full price for excellence. Christopher ends his comments with “What drives you – success or excellence?”
I choose excellence.