The Excellence Habit – How Small Changes in Our Mindset Can Make a Big Difference in Our Lives by Vlad Zachary

Book Review by Daniel R. Murphy

Title and Author:   

The Excellence Habit – How Small Changes in Our Mindset Can Make a Big Difference in Our Lives by Vlad Zachary

Synopsis of Content:  

This book is about becoming better: it is about performing at a higher level, excelling, and achieving more. It is about overcoming barriers both real and perceived. It will inspire and it will teach.

Zachary uses real life case histories and research to show how people have overcome obstacles to their success and achieved more. He then translates that into basic principles that will help you do the same.

Excellence is the key to achieving more. Make excellence your habit and you will succeed. That is his message. The author argues that the main source of success is excellence, and that excellence depends on our internal circumstances, grit, determination and discipline. Excellence Is a process we use to attain a result and that result is success.

Zachary frames the excellence habit in terms of three principles he calls The Iceberg Principle, The Law of Not Selling Out and the Journey Mindset. He allows that luck plays a role in our success but does not dictate it. If we practice more, practice better and do the right things luck usually follows.

The Three Principles of Excellence

The Iceberg Principle is that any success comes from an extraordinary amount of work. It is all that work behind the scenes that lead to achievement. We only see what people achieve, we do not see the immense amount of work and discipline it took to get there.

The Law of Not Selling Out is about setting high standards and goals and then sticking to them no matter what happens. It is about sticking to our core values no matter what happens.

The Journey Mindset is about plotting a path to where we want to get and then following that path. It is a journey, as is life itself.

What I found useful about this book:

The book is inspiring for sure but more than that it provides a real framework for changing the way we think such that we do succeed. It lays out clear principles that we must stick to in order to succeed.

Readability/Writing Quality:  

The book is well written and well organized. It is easy to read.

Notes on Author:  

Vlad Zachary grew up in Bulgaria where he obtained his education as a journalist. He then worked in Africa and learned about being an entrepreneur. He came the US and obtained an MBA from Babson. He founded Pingwyn, a mobile based business.

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Three Great Ideas You Can Use:  

  1. The need for continuous change is at the heart of the Excellence Habit.
  2. Excellence comes from hard work and discipline.
  3. Excellence comes from learning what you must do to achieve your goals and then working hard to achieve them and sticking to your principles and your plan.

Publication Information:  

Title and Author: The Excellence Habit by Vlad Zachary
Copyright holder: ©2015 by Vlad Zachary
Publisher: Central Street Publications

This was originally published as our Book of the Month for August 2016

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Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.