Quoting C.S. Lewis on Excellence
“If in your working hours you make the work your end, you will presently find yourself all unawares inside the only circle in your profession that really matters. You will be one of the sound craftsmen, and other sound craftsmen will know it.”
—C.S. Lewis (29 November 1898–22 November 1963), author, professor, critic, academic
Professional on Purpose
Lewis is to me one of the most brilliant communicators. Here he succinctly says what we all know is true, and he does so with an encouraging tone. We long to attain a certain level of professionalism and to be honored as such by others who know what it should look like. Sure, garnering an award is a great thing, but receiving a sincere compliment from another on the same or higher level than ourselves means a lot more.
Increasing our professionalism is not done by accident. We hone our craft by focusing our time, energy, and money on it.