The Virtue of the Week: Excellence

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Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.


Excellence is giving our very best to any task we do and any relationship we have. Within us are many possibilities. Excellence hones our talents and turns them into gifts for the world. Excellence requires us to practice humility by learning from mistakes. Each time we do something, we seek to improve it, to keep raising the bar. Excellence is effort guided by a noble purpose. It is ongoing mastery. It flows when we are doing what we love. The perfection of a seed is the fruit that grows from it. Excellence in our lives brings our gifts to fruition.

Quote: “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” – John Ruskin

The Practice of Excellence

I give my best to all that I do.

I give my best to my relationships.

I am a lifelong learner.

I fulfill my true possibilities.

I strive for mastery.

I work with love.

I am thankful for the gift of Excellence.

It is my true prosperity.

Questions for Discussion

  • Are there any roadblocks to giving our best to our social justice work?
  • What mistake presents a learning opportunity in our community?
  • What possibilities can we celebrate/amplify in terms of our social justice work?
  • When do you practice excellence? At work? At home? In your strongest relationships?

Virtues Matter was started by a passionate wife-husband team of social entrepreneurs seeking to positively uplift as many lives as possible. We aim to inspire and empower, to build capacity, strengthen relationships, and help everyone lead lives of passion and purpose.

Virtues Matter believes in a world where people are committed to kindness and respect, strive to be their best, and live with hope, courage, and in unity. We built the Virtues Cards mobile app, an interactive personal and team development tool, to help people identify and develop key virtues skills. We also offer dynamic workshops, online training, and customized programs to help people cultivate these positive qualities of character. To learn more, visit