“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chose field of endeavor.” …. Vince Lombardi

I have seen an explanation for excellence that suggests it is the gap between the average and the exceptional. A while back, I posted on a TED video segment featuring Tony Wagner … the premise he brought forth was that skill set alone was no longer sufficient to define success (or excellence). The necessary ingredients these days go beyond that.

Several years ago I attended a Leadership Summit where the concept of thriving was described as the intersection between your passion, your skills, and your point of purpose/impact.  This morning I stumbled on this article in Forbes titled Do You Know Your “Why?” 4 Questions To Find Your Purpose that fully supports that view.


1 – What makes you come alive (Passion)

2 – What are your innate strengths (Skills)

3 – Where do you add the greatest value (Not just what are you good at, but what do you enjoy)

4 – How will you measure your life (Values)

The author goes on to quote the German philosopher Frederick Nietzsche:

“He who has a why can endure any how.’ Knowing your why is an important first step in figuring out how to achieve the goals that excite you and create a life you enjoy living (versus merely surviving!).”

Take stock … why do you do what you do as a product management leader? Do you feel that sense of passion & purpose in your role? Do you see your contributions as average, or exceptional?