If you check the dictionary on what excellence means they say: the quality of being outstanding or extremely good.
But what is great then? That also sounds very good already, well great is something or someone of an extent, amount, or intensity considerably above average.
I think getting from good to great is already a big step. But for me getting from great to excellent is the moment people in their greatness can still be authentic. People that realize that it is not because you are seen as great, that you need to over estimate yourself, or over estimate what you do, that's when for me you are excellent. I have met people with amazing careers and still you can see and feel the passion in every step they take . When I talk to them I can feel they have a reason to do what they do. Beside that they also do it very naturally, they act from the heart, but they use their brain.
I think that is the moment you are able to be seen as excellent in your authenticity. It is hard work, perseverance, believing in your why, believe in yourself and actually it is also about finding your Ikiga.
According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai. An ikigai is essentially ‘a reason to get up in the morning’. A reason to enjoy life.
And when you find your ikigai, that is the moment you are not only great, you are excellent!