8|30 George Fucking Washington.

‘If you’re not trying to George Fucking Washington this thing called life, then what’s the point.’ – A friend made this comment to me recently.

The point I think he was trying to make is too many of us, well all of us at one point in life just do enough to get by. Either going through the motions at the gym, at work or in our relationships.

Stewing on his comment for a few days, I couldn’t come up with an answer to; why only do so few seem to have this “George Fucking Washington” mentality to life or anything for that matter?

Although many of us feel we attempt to reach inside and bring this ‘thing’ to life or to an endeavor we are attempting to accomplish. Very few of us ever do, very few ever see it through and give it the full length and seriousness that it requires.

This thing in my mind is “greatness.” Not fame, not money, but… a form of excellence.

The type of excellence that by merely pursuing it, we gain clarity in vision, purity in intent, a sickening work ethic resulting in a world-class execution. Although this may seem like a bunch of motivational words strung together, we all know this to be true. We just say it in different ways.

From businesses where “The best marketing is a great product” is said, to acting teachers around the world who preach “Do great work, and you will be found.”

Greatness or let’s call it excellence, is both universally definable and individually subjective. It is an understanding that we all come together on, almost unanimously in agreeance, when something is, or someone does, something truly great.

Whether it be a book, a product, a movie, a YouTube video or an essay for your final exam. Great work speaks for itself.

No doubt you’re saying, no shit, what’s your point?

My point is. Why aren’t more of us pursuing excellence, over results?

This means not pursuing fame or fortune. It means pursuing excellence in something, even if only once. Parenting, cooking, driving, your work, your business, your book, your passion, your hobby. Just once.

We want to be good, sure. But, being good at something has become the equivalent to average. We expect this average execution to earn us the right to have an audience or a paycheck.

It’s almost as if we don’t allow ourselves to pursue excellence as if we are saving it for those few, the untouchables. The talented, the stars. The people that aren’t us. Instead, we pursue short-term results and claim it to our fictional excellence, allowing it to give us a false sense of confidence.

Maybe it is fear because deep down we know what it takes to be excellent at something… and it isn’t fucking easy, or quick. It’s a hard thing to remind ourselves that the time will pass anyway and Netflix doesn’t care for you as much as you it.

It also needs to be said, Fuck the talent few, be great. Become world-class in your thing. It is possible; it can be enticed, excited and cajoled out of ourselves. Put another way, if you aren’t genuinely trying to push the limits, go somewhere no one has been, improve the perfect, why begin in the first place?

Accepting an ok product, the ‘good enough,’ saying ‘it will be alright’ is the worse and unique thing the human species claims title to. We are the only thing on the planet that does less than all we can in any given situation. #jimrohn

For those in their 20’s, 30’s but also those in their 40’s and 50’s. We owe it to ourselves to find out what would happen if we gave 200%, of our every being to something?

To go the full length, not stopping when it’s done, stopping when it will never be forgotten. Just once. Attempting to see what you are capable of. After all, I believe we owe it to ourselves. Go big, take a risk, what is the worst that could happen? Truly in this day and age, there is nothing, nudda, not even the slightest downside… apart from your ego getting bruised.

Going big, attempting to “George Fucking Washington” something just once, is worth every ounce of the risk that will come with the endeavor.

The craziest part about this, this pursuing excellence, really pursuing it… It’s almost a fucking guarantee for success. We aren’t willing to waste our time, just in case, it doesn’t come off. Hot tip, the time will pass anyway.

I leave you with the words of Charles Bukowski, in an endeavor to intrigue you into what seeking excellence could look like, and what it can take to achieve, even just once.

“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days.

It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery — isolation. Isolation is the gift.

All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way.

There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter.

It’s the only good fight there is.” – Charles Bukowski

Doesn’t excellence sound horrendous? In the words of Freddy Mercury- “I’ve taken my bows, And my curtain calls, You brought me fame and fortune and everything that goes with it, I thank you all, But it’s been no bed of roses, No pleasure cruise, I consider it a challenge before the whole human race, And I ain’t gonna lose…”

But what else is there, to say no to this, is to say no to adventure. So claim your stake against humanity… for I wager, you won’t lose.