By David Koons
This Success quote by W. Somerset Maugham is timeless because of its powerful message about quality.
"It is a very funny thing about life - if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it." ~ W. Somerset Maugham
Discussion: The quote mentions life, but it really could be about anything. Substitute "business" in place of life. Or perhaps "relationships" or "fitness," "health" or any other noun, and you receive the same message.
How does this quote relate to success in business, career or making more money?
If you're going through the paces without focusing on quality. If you're getting through the day or just 'checking the box' on a task or activity.
Chances are you're not getting the desired results, but a representative output to your input.
In other words, you're getting back, what you're giving.
To Let Your Millionaire Out is about giving your best. It's about finding that desire burning inside you and sharing it with others for a profit.
It's about excellence, not mediocrity. You don't strive for mediocrity, you settle for it. You don't move mountains and overcome challenging obstacles from mediocrity, you give up.
It means accepting only the best from yourself.
What I learn from this...
I learned not to give or accept anything but the best. Whether clothing, accommodations, products or services, I give my best effort.
When buying or receiving a product or service, I expect to get quality. If not, I return, send back or otherwise get rid of the unacceptable item.
Spring Cleaning for Success
A couple times per year, my wife and I go through our 'things' and throw out, donate or otherwise get rid of anything that is not a "10" on a scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is the best.
If clothing is ripped, torn or faded to a point that it degrades the quality, it's gone. If we have a piece of cookware that has degraded beyond a certain level, it's gone.
When we started following the practice of only accepting the best, we attracted more people, places and things that meet this criteria. Far from losing out or sacrificing, we've experienced even greater abundance as a result.
Quotes about success continue to inspire me with their timeless messages. This quote by W. Somerset Maugham reminds me not to settle. Not to give or accept anything but the best.