I’ve written about this before, but I’m a big fan of Gordon Ramsay. Those who dismiss him do so because of use of profanity and (what appears on the surface to be) his abusive treatment of contestants on Hell’s Kitchen. What people miss when they don’t see his other programs (particularly the shows on BBC America) is the fact that he is passionate and absolutely sold out about food. Gordon Ramsay absolutely cares about what he does.
If any of us is to be truly successful at what we do, we have to be passionate and care about it. Whether it’s a job or a hobby or even a task as mundane as cleaning the house, what we do has to have significance for us. Otherwise, we won’t achieve excellence.
The Bible gives us a pretty clear mandate:
“Whatever you do, work with it at all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)
It’s not about simply “doing your best,” or even being the best at what you do. It’s about caring enough to do what you do with excellence. You don’t have to be chef with 12 Michelin stars to be a good cook. You don’t have to have a Pulitzer Prize to be a good writer. You just have to care enough about what you do to do it with excellence.