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In Pursuit of Excellence

Mohan is a family physician and a postgraduate associate dean working in the UK. He has a keen interest in self-regulated learning.


There has been only one pursuit in my life that keeps me excited, energised and enthused. It is to be excellent.

Long before I contemplated the meaning of the word excellent, I just wanted to be.

At what? People ask me. I find this question perplexing. As if we should restrict our aspirations of being excellent to a single thing, to a solitary pursuit. This feels too limiting. To be excellent is a vocation, a lifestyle. It is what makes me happy.

It is also what makes me exhausted. But in a pleasant way. Like the exhaustion of a good work out at the Gym where we push ourselves that little bit more, like the exhaustion of a mother who has just delivered a baby, the exhaustion of an artist who lowers his brush after that final flourish of paint on the finished masterpiece, or like the exhaustion of a – ahem – splendid post coital bliss.

I sit here wondering what to write about for my 100th hub. Do I compose a poem? Write a story? Compile an article? Pen a parody? Wax lyrical about an artist I admire? Then it hits me.

I will write about excellence. How the pursuit of excellence is a rewarding one. Perhaps it is the only pursuit that elevates us from mediocrity. That lifts us from the heart-sink of the merely’ good –enough’.


I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.

Abraham Lincoln

Arete - Goddess of Excellence

Arete - Goddess of Excellence


The ancient Greeks applied the term Areté to mean excellence or virtue. This term was not gender specific or even specific to humans or living organisms. Areté is excellence of any kind. For humans it is the act of living one’s life to its full potential. It is being the best you can be. The meaning of the word can change depending on what it was used to describe. It could be excellence of a building, of a boat, of a bull or a brave warrior. It could be excellence of an orator, a soldier, a beautiful maiden or a musician.

For the purpose of this piece I want to discourse the Areté of a human. What makes one excellent? Can it be taught? Can it be learnt? What are the traits that make us pursue excellence? Is this pursuit a rewarding one?

Back to our Homeric virtue, Areté is the Goddess of Excellence. What is interesting is her family tree. She is said to be born from Praxidike, the Goddess of Justice. Her sister, another of Praxidike’s offspring, is Harmonia a goddess of Harmony, concord, unity of mind or the union of hearts.

Excellence as a virtue is closely related to Justice and a harmony of mind and heart.

Coincidence? I think not. The Greeks knew what they were talking about.

This fits with my philosophy. To do justice to anything or anyone, one needs the virtue of excellence. And it is in this pursuit that I encounter harmony, unity and concordance.

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It is a wretched taste to be gratified with mediocrity when the excellent lies before us.

Isaac Disraeli


Can we Teach and Learn to be Excellent?

Is it the pursuit of higher and higher knowledge that leads to excellence? Does ‘knowing’ alone convey excellence? We see people – some very brainy people- on Quiz shows who seem to know so many facts. Does this make them holistically excellent? Does the possession of superior memory, an archive of facts and factoids, make us excellent? It certainly makes us excellent at Quiz shows!

But can the act of memory and recall truly mean ‘Understanding’? Surely understanding or ‘comprehension’ is a better step up.

Or is excellence about how the knowledge is used in practice - the act of applying, engaging, exercising and realising this knowledge.

The root of Arete's mother Praxidike is also Praxis. This is the concept of putting theory into practice! And she is the mother of excellence.

So is practice the mother of excellence?

We crave more- just knowing and applying – can be done by machines- well trained computers- we need more in our pursuit of excellence.


Good enough never is.

Debbi Fields

Benjamin Bloom

Benjamin Bloom

Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Objectives

Benjamin Samuel Bloom (February 21, 1913 – September 13, 1999) was an American Educational psychologist who has researched and published extensively on the theory of achieving mastery and excellence. Bloom studied at Pennsylvania State University where he got his bachelor’s and master’s degree. He then joined the University of Chicago and worked extensively on the learning process of students and was a University examiner. He headed a research team that focused on categorisation of educational objectives that helped the teaching and learning towards excellence.

Bloom was instrumental in creating tasks and objectives under the three domains of thinking, feeling and doing (Cognitive, Affective and Psychomotor).

Blooms taxonomy of Educational Objectives provides instructional tasks and instructional assessment that can push the learner towards exceptional ability.

Bloom's Cognitive Domain

Bloom's Cognitive Domain

Bloom and his team theorised that knowing and ‘recall’ is perhaps the lowest end of the ladder to excellence. ‘comprehension’ comes next this implies an understanding of the knowledge gained. The knowledge is to be applied and ‘application’ is the next step up. This is followed by ‘analysis’. The act of analysing the knowledge that was understood, a mental dissection, reflection will take the learner up the spiral of learning further. Bloom strives higher, he wants ‘synthesis’ and ‘evaluation’ ( these can be interchangeable depending on the source.

This is the pinnacle, the act of synthesising new knowledge. The Alchemical magic of combining various bits of knowledge learnt and creating new thought new ideas.

Would this help our pursuit of excellence?

Bloom was clear about the necessity not only of cognitive ability but also of the feeling ‘affective’ ability. As we all know, the attitudes, beliefs and values we intrinsically hold may affect the way we learn, the way we teach and the way we strive for excellence.

Bloom's Rose

Bloom's Rose


Competence and Capability

There are a lot of exams that test for competence and a lot of teaching courses that aim for it. Is competence the same as capability? How often do we see a person with ‘learnt’ knowledge failing to make common sense decisions, failing to connect the dots when the dots are not aligned the way they were taught? It seems like we need more than competence to set our aspirations to excellence.

While competence can deal with the simple and the straightforward, we need capability to cope with complexity. And life, we know, is anything but simple.

So what is capability? Is a capable individual one step closer to excellence?


Competence —what individuals know or are able to do in terms of knowledge, skills, attitude.

Capability —extent to which individuals can adapt to change, generate new knowledge, and continue to improve their performance

When we read the description of capability we can see that it aligns very closely to analysis, evaluation and synthesis. It also talks about adapting to change, generating new knowledge and continually improving performance- this to me sounds like a good path towards excellence.


The renown which riches or beauty confer is fleeting and frail; mental excellence is a splendid and lasting possession.

Sallust (86 BC - 34 BC), The War with Catiline


Teaching for Excellence

Teaching for excellence thus no longer a set of mere instructions. It invites the learner to participate, to contribute, and to be less of a vessel for the teacher to pour knowledge into.

Knowledge is non linear, multidimensional and vast. The real world is fuzzy and unique, not neatly wrapped in containers that are labelled accurately.

This cannot be learnt from just a book, captured knowledge or a taught course full of PowerPoint presentations. This needs to be interactive, illustrated by real- life practical examples, include fuzzy problems that need to be solved. While it still needs to be built on available knowledge and an understanding of the knowledge, it can then be set free to explore, challenge, doubt, co-create and conjure.

The Learning Pyramid

The Learning Pyramid


I have mentioned in my other hubs that I learnt more from sources other than my text books. I learnt from watching films, conversing with friends, reading books that were not recommended curriculum, enjoying fiction and comics, through travel, experimentation and writing.

We need education that seeks inspiration from various sources, which creates a mash-up for life, work and personal/professional development.

But can excellence be really taught? Perhaps we can sign post the path to excellence. The journey itself needs to be taken by the one who strives for it.

80 billion neurons!

80 billion neurons!

The Human Brain

The best complex adaptive system we know of is the human brain. It is a wonder of creation. Capable of processing terabytes of information in nanoseconds, our Brain is a cosmic computer scientists can only dream of. It contains over 80 billion neurons that connect with each other through synapses. If you look at the structure of the neuronal connections they are like a spider web painted by a drunken Picasso.

They interconnect and transmit impulses with incredible speed. The cortex is capable of making leaps of logic, come up with new theories, synthesise information and can constantly recall, comprehend, apply, analyse, synthesise and evaluate. But the Brain can out bloom Dr Benjamin Bloom any day. For it makes such leaps of logic that defies algorithms, creates such effervescent beauty that takes our breath away. Yet not everyone uses their brain to make these leaps. We may curtail, cower, corrupt and condescend our great brain. We may do this our self or a rigid, dictatorial education system may do this for us. A system that rewards robotic conformity and fears and ridicules maverick thinkers.

The Human Brain

The Human Brain

So let us unleash our brains inherent capacity and reach for the stars. We can be hungry in our pursuits without fear of losing focus. You see it is in the synthesis of knowledge and understanding that are far flung that new knowledge is born. Like life born in a primordial pool of slime.


Imagine the brain, that shiny mound of being, that mouse-gray parliament of cells, that dream factory, that petit tyrant inside a ball of bone, that huddle of neurons calling all the plays, that little everywhere, that fickle pleasuredome, that wrinkled wardrobe of selves stuffed into the skull like too many clothes into a gym bag.

Diane Ackerman (from An Alchemy of Mind. The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain, 2004)


Is Excellence the same as Expertise?

Dreyfus and Dreyfus described the journey from novice to expert. The higher echelons of proficiency and expertise move more and more away from ‘taught’ rules and maxims into the territory of ‘hunches’, ‘intuitions’ and ‘visioning’. But is clear that one cannot reach these levels without some tacit understanding and experience of the lower levels.

According to these researchers, an expert can make leaps of understanding and decision making quickly, intuitively and contextually. This almost sounds like a dangerous place to be in. It is also an exciting place to be in. Is this the zone of excellence? Does it all come to intuition, instinct and vision?

The Journey from Novice to Expert, Dreyfus & Dreyfus

The Journey from Novice to Expert, Dreyfus & Dreyfus

An expert, according to the Dreyfus model has authoritative knowledge of the subject at hand, achieves expected standards of work with relative ease- so far so good, but wait, an expert also takes responsibility for going beyond existing standards and creating own interpretations.

Now we are beginning to see a pattern. Striving for excellence is not a vain preoccupation; it is also the journey to expertise. An expert, again according to the Dreyfus model, has a holistic grasp of complex situations and moves between intuitive and analytical approaches with ease. And finally an expert not only sees the ‘whole’ picture but is able to ‘vision’ what may be possible.

Novice to Expert

STAGENoviceAdvanced BeginnerCompetentProficientExpert


"rigid adherence to taught rules or plans"

limited "situational perception"

"coping with crowdedness" (multiple activities, accumulation of information)

holistic view of situation

transcends reliance on rules, guidelines, and maxims


no exercise of "discretionary judgment"

all aspects of work treated separately with equal importance

some perception of actions in relation to goals

prioritizes importance of aspects

"intuitive grasp of situations based on deep, tacit understanding"




deliberate planning formulates routines

"perceives deviations from the normal pattern"

has "vision of what is possible"






uses "analytical approaches" in new situations or in case of problems


My Journey To Excellence

So do I now have some understanding of the journey to excellence?

  • I learnt something about the Greek concept of excellence, of Arete and her sibling Harmonia. I learnt from the great Benjamin bloom that the journey doesn’t just stop with acquisition of knowledge but in the comprehension, application, analysis and also in the synthesis and evaluation of new thought.
  • I learnt that to be excellent, one needs to be capable. And capability is not just about having the right knowledge, skills and attitudes it lies in the ability to adapt, to change and continue to improve performance.
  • I learnt that teaching and learning for excellence goes well beyond conventional methodology. It is non linear, interactive, questioning, challenging and daring to be different.
  • I learnt that the human brain is a vast and wonderful organism that is capable of far more than we could imagine. There is no danger of pushing it to the limit by mere thought alone. It can assimilate a variety of information, complex or simple. So a pursuit of excellence is also a pursuit across various interests.
  • I learnt the journey to excellence aligns closely with a journey to so called ‘expertise’. It is reassuring to know that trusting one’s instincts is not a bad thing. Having a holistic grasp of situations, using analysis but also intuition is alright. Looking for the ‘whole’ picture and not merely satisfied with snapshots is a preoccupation well worth the journey to excellence.

I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God's business.

Michael J. Fox


Appreciate your support

So there you go dear reader, my 100th hub. Thank you for being with me through my mad meanderings, my insane leaps between poetry and philosophy, health and humour, art and music, words and wonders.

If my profile page and my merry menagerie of hubs look like the musings of a deviant mind, my excuse is this:

For all this humble writer ever wants to be, is excellent.

Now I do not know if achieve excellence or not. For it is a relative state. A highly subjective entity. you will agree. One person’s excellent can be another one’s mediocre. It can be in the eye of the beholder.

But it is the pursuit, the journey, the process of aiming for excellence that inspires me. And hopefully, you, dear reader.

For as Clement Stone said, ‘Aim for the Moon. Even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars’.

And you are my stars.

Thank You for your following, your readership, your kind comments and compliments.

For without you, it will just be a deep, dark empty space.




Fraser & Greenhalgh, Coping with complexity: educating for capability BMJ 2001; 323; 799-803

Dreyfus SE & Dreyfus HL., A Five stage model of mental activities involved in skill acquisition, Berkeley: University of California 1980.

Bloom, Benjamin S. Taxonomy of Educational Objectives (1956). Published by Allyn and Bacon, Boston, MA. Copyright (c) 1984 by Pearson Education.


© 2011 Mohan Kumar


Support Med. from Michigan on January 25, 2014:

An excellent read!!!

Diabraiscap on March 06, 2013:

We helpful to acquire high on lifetime although as of late I've truly established some sort of level of resistance.

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on July 20, 2012:

Excellent, Doc! Very well said and so much to learn in this one. :)

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on July 07, 2012:

Dotti- I am beaming with such wonderful compliments. I am merely someone who has worked hard to reflect and articulate my ideas. English not being my first language, I had to work hard at it and I think it is a nice feeling when the hard work pays off. Being a physician and a teacher helps this journey and my goal is to become a widely published author. I always find your words encouraging and heartwarming. Thank you for that.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on July 07, 2012:

Peg- Its always nice to engage the reader in the way that it incites thought and reflection. I am pleased to say my own reflection on my 100th hub has stimulated this. I am really pleased you enjoyed this.

D.Juris Stetser from South Dakota on July 06, 2012:

My friend, you literally leave me awestruck, and the so-called near perfect Renaissance man is still back there at the starter's gate when compared to you. What a mind and brain you must have! I plan on printing this out to your search for Excellence you've covered every conceivable base, from the brain's part in all of it to the subjective, to non-linear thinking.... All of these aspects of Excellence have always held fascination for me, and I've enjoyed reading everything from Superlearning to Napoleon Hill and Clement Stone, from the commercial paperbacks to dog-earing my college textbooks, and here in this, your 100th Hub you've encapsulated so many varied approaches and considerations on achieving Excellence, I have a great deal of reading ahead, and I thank you for that. A perfect treatise on the subject....immensely humbling, enlightening, and exciting. Wow!!! Oh, yes voting up, and everything except funny....I take excellence very again thank you so much

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on June 30, 2012:

This was a deep read giving the reader lots to ponder. I enjoyed your presentation and thoughts. This quote, "Or is excellence about how the knowledge is used in practice - the act of applying, engaging, exercising and realising this knowledge." brought to mind the old adage that "knowledge is power". I tend to believe that it's the use of that knowledge that distinguishes us and takes us further along on the journey toward excellence.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 30, 2012:

Rajan, thank you my friend for your visit and generous comments. As you rightly say we strive for the best we know of, and then some. Excellence could be a personal state of mind or a feedback from people we respect... For me the pleasure and pain is in the journey!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 30, 2012:

Mohan, this write up is a great lesson in the pursuit of excellence. Can we ever believe we have reached the pinnacle of excellence? Excellence to me is just limited by our thinking. As you rightly say "excellence is a relative state". And it surely is "in the eye of the beholder".

Terrific hub and I like the way you dissected and analysed the entire subject.

Voted all the way up and across.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 28, 2012:

rahul, thank you my friend!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 28, 2012:

shampa, thank you very much for your kind comments. glad you enjoyed this and found it stimulating.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 28, 2012:

kelley, I wrote this hub last year when I hit 100. I am delighted at the response then and now. As a fellow educator I am sure you agree on the themes here. Thank you so much!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 28, 2012:

Tracy, excellence does sparkle and it is always a great way to put a positive spin on challenging oneself. Equally important to forgive oneself and move on to higher things when perhaps we fall short of what we expected to achieve. Thank you for your visit and generous comments!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 28, 2012:

cclitgirl, I so agree with you. always striving to do the best and aiming for excellence is a great trait. Supporting people to achieve their excellence is great teaching too. Thank you!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 28, 2012:

Raci, thanks for sharing this. Much appreciated!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 28, 2012:

Vinaya, really appreciate your visit. I am glad you like the formatting and the content. Thanks!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 28, 2012:

Rachel, me too. I strive to teach to capability while competence remains a foundation and baseline. I am glad you agree. thank you.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 28, 2012:

bankscottage- appreciate your visit and comments!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 28, 2012:

Daisy, likewise! I am grateful for your invite, friendship and your wonderful comments.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 28, 2012:

@teaches12345, thank you very much for your visit and comments.

Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on May 28, 2012:


Excellence, is something which needs to be pursued with virtue rather than dream of attaining it!

Great hub!

Shampa Sadhya from NEW DELHI, INDIA on May 28, 2012:

Voted up and interesting!

It is a wonderful hub. I felt it to be of different level which engrossed my mind. Really a good one.

kelleyward on May 28, 2012:

Docmo, I don't know where to begin with this one! First congrats on the 100th hub! That is a fantastic achievement. Second, this hub is purely fantastic! It is packed with so much useful information and well-written! As a former professor I find much of what you have written here to be useful and informative. Voted up and Shared! Take care, Kelley

Tracy Lynn Conway from Virginia, USA on May 28, 2012:

Thank you for this inspirational hub. I feel that I often strive for excellence, to me it is about challenging myself and working hard, these both feel good to me. Thank you for your research and definitions. I used to think that I was a perfectionist and I have moved away from this with my present goal being to challenge myself but I like the word "excellence" it is positive and has a nice sound to it, it sparkles and glistens. Thank you!


Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on May 28, 2012:

Excellence in writing is what this is. :) Great hub, and I learned a few new things! Over in the US, when teachers take their certifying exams, they're called the PRAXIS exams. I now know that means, "putting theory in to practice" - makes sense. I once read that if you always strive to do your best, you can then do no more. It will look different at different times, but if you always strive to do your best, then you don't have to feel guilty about succeeding or even falling short of succeeding, because part of success is always doing your best. :)

raciniwa from Talisay City, Cebu on May 28, 2012:

i am marveling at the efforts you have done on this hub...very, very interesting...i have posted this on Facebook...great work...

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on May 28, 2012:

Nature Vs nurture is an old debate. Some believe we are born with everything we have, including excellence, while others believe, we culture everything including excellence.

Your point of view is very interesting.

I loved the formatting of this hub.

Good work my friend

Rachel Vega from Massachusetts on May 27, 2012:

Capability v competence is one of my favorite things to ponder... when I say "I can do it" what I mean is, "I can do it well." Unfortunately, there are lots of not-as-conscientious people in the world, and that confuses me. Why bother doing something if you're not going to do it well, or at least try to do it well?

Mark Shulkosky from Pennsylvania on May 27, 2012:

Wonderful and very interesting Hub. Somewhere I picked up the following quote and carry it with me: "Excellence is a Standard, Not a Goal".

I agree with you with regard to learning. Much of my learning comes from experience. I believe experience leads to wisdom.

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on May 27, 2012:


I'm so glad we've become friends... not acquaintances... friends.

Your writing is brilliant, as is your mind.

Dianna Mendez on May 27, 2012:

Congratulations on your 100th hub. This was a very well written and researched article. You have great talent!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 27, 2012:

Thanks Nell. I did a version of this as a lecture to post grad Doctors- they liked this distinction between capability and competence. I am glad you like this.

Nell Rose from England on May 27, 2012:

Well this hub is Excellent Docmo, so yes I think you have achieved it. I was nodding to myself as I was reading, trying to remember what to say about a certain part, then going on to read more and forgetting. But I do agree with you about competence and capability. I have often said that myself when watching something on tv. Someone may be really clever at quizs for example but is that what we call learning 'parrot fashion'? in other words taking in loads of info but only repeating it back? common sense is so much more important, and capability is something much better because its a case of learning, seeing ahead and paving the way forward, loved this!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 27, 2012:

Thank you Mary, I'm glad you enjoyed my little discussion on excellence. I tried to cram in as much info as possible and I am guilty of writing long ponderous hubs!

Mary Craig from New York on May 27, 2012:

Areté! This hub is excellent. You've laid out a plan and followed it through so well. My 'fickle pleasuredome' was truly impressed with all the work and research you put into this hub! This 100th hub is certainly a star in your crown. I'm going to have to read it again to absorb it all but it was great! Voted up, interesting and awesome.

Sophie on April 27, 2011:

Congrats Docmo on your 100th and may there be many more!! (sorry I am a little late here - was down with some dreadful food poisoning) It is so wonderful to find those that seek excellence, they are the one's that inspire and motivate ... I am glad that you are one of them. Best wishes to you on your journey of excellence and God Bless!

on April 25, 2011:

Excellent hub. Love it! So much packed into this, I was left breathless. Fantastic! Thank you!!

Ashantina on April 25, 2011:

Well done Docmo!! So many hubs in such a short time!! The Japanese word for excellence/continuous improvement is 'kaizen'..... and the content and calibre of your v diverse hubs are just that!!! :)

Shalini Kagal from India on April 25, 2011:

Boy oh boy! You raised the bar there, didn't you?

Congrats on your 100th hub - what better topic than one in which you excel?

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on April 25, 2011:

Yes- congrats on your 100th Hub, Docmo! That's a huge achievement!

Fay Paxton on April 24, 2011:

Congratulations on your 100th hub. It is clear to anyone who reads your work that you are always striving for excellence. Every hub I've read has been exactly that...EXCELLENT!

up/useful, awesome and beautiful

chspublish from Ireland on April 24, 2011:

Congrats on your 100th hub. It is truly excellent in itself.

Mark Ewbie from UK on April 23, 2011:

This is a fabulous page, beautifully laid out and a real piece of work. You would seem to have pursued excellence, caught it, and overtaken it at some speed.

I didn't read much past "Homeric" as, although I am not anti gay (each to their own) I prefer to plough the straight furrow.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on April 23, 2011:

This is an excellent treatise on excellence, Docmo. When I work with folks who have perfectionistic tendencies, I stress the pursuit of excellence rather than perfection. We may not be perfect in our accomplishments but we can be excellent. I will use this hub as additional information for my subjects, er ... clients. Thank you. And congrats on the 100 EXCELLENT hubs!

Kathi Mirto from Fennville on April 23, 2011:

Congrats on your 100th hub Docmo! In my humble opinion you reached excellence with this hub. You shared knowledge of the meaning of excellence with various tools to administer all learning styles possible within the context of the hubpages. You pretty much covered it with visuals, songs, diagrams, famous quotes, Greek mythology and dialogue. You demonstrated stages of Bloom's all the way to the top in your personal evaluation of excellence. It is a subject you now have synthesized and dissected and have a solid grasp of because you taught it! You are an excellent educator!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 23, 2011:

Docmo, Congratulations on your 100th hub. You without a doubt, have reached a state of excellence. I loved the Learning Pyramid, i see practice is the best way to achieve success in learning. I learn so much with each hub you write. Thank you.


Sharilee Swaity from Canada on April 23, 2011:

This is beautiful! You have talked about excellence as something from both the heart, and the mind. What an excellent choice for your 100th hub. I love your writing here on Hubpages, and look forward to many more!

flying_fish from GTA on April 23, 2011:

As soon as I read the third paragraph "Areté" came immediately to mind - and then of course you go on and demonstrate comprehension, application, synthesis... Absolutely excellent, Docmo - as usual!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 23, 2011:

Congratulations on your 100th hub, which was excellent. I really enjoyed the way you explained the concepts in a logical fashion and it is really a thought provoking hub. Voted/Rated awesome.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on April 23, 2011:


What a phenomenal 100th HUB~~ CONGRATULATIONS...!!

I use the Benner text which has the Dreyfus model as it's premise for my Nursing students / appreciate your additional references...

I love the learning pyramid and will use it in my lecture/ as I agree with it... especially with adult learning.

Voted UP, USEFUL & AWESOME~~ thanks so much!

PenMePretty on April 23, 2011:

One word: EXCELLENT!

Amy Becherer from St. Louis, MO on April 23, 2011:

As always, Docmo, your writing fires my neurons in so many directions, that I know I am incapable of providing you with the excellence in commentary you deserve. I, too, am driven. Accepting anything less than my best is unacceptable to me. It is not possible to satisfy everyone, as excellence is, like art, subjective. However, I know when I attain my goal. It is a mindset, I believe, that is not calculated by IQ, or tests, nor limited by shortcomings, opinions or personality. Whether it is cultivated through nature or nurture is beyond me, but I do recognize and know it when I see it. And, baby, you got it.

I sometimes allow it's hold on me to create fear in trying. That is the one area it works against me. I work at excellence in painting, but I'm not sure I love the process. I am so driven that it is daunting for me to begin and then, to call it finished. The drive to excellence does not accept failure, and ironically, can, if it impedes trying. So, you have inspired me through your excellence to tell a secret that clearly shows a personal deficit. Kudos to you, Docmo, in illustrating no one is perfect. Your topic, your ability to so eloquently express yourself, your drive to always give your best, whether in your demanding career as a successful, caring physician, a loving father, son, and brother, a talented writer and artist and thoughtful, supportive friend to all here, you are the perfect example of excellence, Docmo. Thank you

Eiddwen from Wales on April 23, 2011:

Wow what a brilliant hub.

So much hard work has gone into this one.

However because we are only doing something that we enjoy we don't really class it as work do we.

This hub however is priceless and thank you for creating a hub that is so clever and so very interesting.

Carry on writing and I will carry on reading my friend.

Take care


lmmartin from Alberta and Florida on April 23, 2011:

"I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God's business." -- Michael J Fox This is probably the most important quote in your article. So many do confuse excellence with perfection, and that can become nothing but frustration. Excellence is relative to the person striving to achieve, to abilities and capabilities. One person's mediocrity is another person's excellence. Therefore it must remain an individual measure, not a general one.

In other words, as I used to tell my children, excellence consists of doing the very best you can. Thanks for this feast for thought. Lynda

Sunnie Day on April 23, 2011:

First let me congratulate you on your 100th hub! Awesome! This subject matter was really a good one to write about. I believe you were able to touch on every angle. When one finds out what the mind and heart want then "excellence" can be obtained gently, graciously, and will bring peace within the soul. Up Up Up, beautiful, awesome, inspiring, and wish there was more buttons. Great job!


dallaswriter from North Carolina on April 23, 2011:

I can't think of a better article for your 100th Hub! Very well written, very well thought out! For so many of us who are complicated, over thinking and too deep in thought, this is a chance to clear out all the junk in our mind and understand the difference between excellence and perfection. To hear clearly what is the heart and what is the mind. I enjoyed this very much and will refer to it again I am certain. Thank you for again writing about something that can only add value to those who read it:)

Peter Dickinson from South East Asia on April 23, 2011:

Much enjoyed. Not just the article which I found both interesting and fascinating but the way in which you have pulled the whole thing together. Thank you.

Justsilvie on April 23, 2011:

Excellent Hub Docmo! Great choice for your 100 Hub and to celebrate you also have your 300th Follower. As always it is a pleasure to read what you write and I will remain a devoted fan.

Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on April 22, 2011:

I found this frighteningly like Education and Psychology of Learning lectures when I was at Teachers' College. There were so many parallels to what I studied there and then, and also in my later teaching career. I recognised the "What if..." which is the stage when one realises that what one has been trying to do is actually taking off, and taking off beautifully.

Thank you for the walk down Oh so scary memory lame.

By serendipity, my latest hub touches on the horrors of mediocrity, so that when I read "It is a wretched taste to be gratified with mediocrity when the excellent lies before us." - Isaac Disraeli, I smiled (Wryly)

tnderhrt23 on April 22, 2011:

Docmo, I love this hub, relate to your pursuit to excellence, and learned alot here! I love your video, and the song and artist, also! A truly inspirational way to ring in you 100th Hub! I rise to my feet and applaud! You are a huge asset to Hubpages!

Tweetmom from Newark on April 22, 2011:

Wow! This is priceless docmo. I bet it is going to rated in excellency with your inspiring words and captivating introductions. lol. Yes, we love those positive exhaustions! great hub.. Rated up!

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