Most people spend a lot of time to get an education.
They wait for the teacher (hopefully a great one) to give them something of value.
Many employees do the same thing at work.
They wait for a boss (hopefully a great one) to give them responsibility or authority or experiences that add up to a career.
Many conference delegates wait to be told that the break is over and they must come into the conference hall.
A few people, not many, but a few, take.
They take the best education they can get, pushing teachers for more, finding things to do, exploring non-defined niches.
They take more courses than the minimum,
They invent new projects and they show up with questions.
A few people, not many, take opportunities at work.
A few people take initiate.
They take responsibility.
They take accountability.
They take the first step.
They take a chance.
Excellence is not about working extra hard following orders, it is about taking the initiative to do work you decide is worth doing.
What have you taken today?