A Story On Excellence..

23 07 2007

Here is a story that I wanted to share as it had a grain of truth.. ( Courtesy: Forwards)


A gentleman was once visiting a temple under construction. In the temple premises, he saw a sculptor making an idol of God. Suddenly he saw, just a few meters away, another identical idol was lying.

Surprised he asked the sculptor, “Do you need two statutes of the same idol”. “No” said the sculptor. “We need only one, but the first one got damaged at the last stage”.

The gentleman examined the sculptor. No apparent damage was visible. “Where is the damage” asked the gentleman.

“There is a scratch on the nose of the idol.”

“Where are you going to keep the idol”.

The sculptor replied that it will be installed on a pillar 20 feet high. “When the idol will be 20 feet away from the eyes of the beholder, who is going to know that there is scratch on the nose?” The gentleman asked.

“The sculptor looked at the gentleman, smiled and said “God knows it and I know it”.

The desire to excel should be exclusive of the fact whether someone appreciates it or not. Excellence is a drive from ”Inside” not ”Outside”.



12 responses

23 07 2007

Hey Soumya,

You have a beautiful style of writing, loved reading all!


1 08 2007

true ….bhery bhery true…….

but offlate u r excellence driven posts seem to hint u want a change of company…maybe

U r Driven by Excellence


13 08 2007

Hey, Nice one.

8 04 2009

Wonderful and inspiring

4 12 2009

Thank you for this story, though I’ve read it before but it sure helped me while I was about to take a session on excellence.

27 01 2010
van cliff

i will going to share the story of our upcoming sponsorship in flag ceremony session where excellence is our theme.

28 02 2010

tns for the story ur impressive

13 12 2010
Samuel A.B. - Uganda

Hmmm, good one indeed. Well done. I am also writing a book on excellence. That is how I came acros your post. Makes a lot of sense! May I please quote it in my book? Blessings.

7 03 2013

This story sucks…

7 03 2013

im joking lol this story was awesome 🙂

7 03 2013

GREAT story!!!!!!

17 05 2018
Marlyn Tolosa

Good day!

I am Marlyn Tolosa from the Philippines. I would like to seek your approval to allow me to use the story titled “Story on Excellence” in the book I am writing for Grade 8. Hope I could hear from you soon.

Thank you.

Sincerely yours,


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