The most important work you can do for your life is to do what only you can do. That is your biggest gift to everyone else. The wonderfulness of each of us being unique is that we all have a special job to do. Special with a capitol S. People tend to down lay their gifts in their minds as they are constantly comparing them to some one else. Who cares if someone can write better than you or sing better or paint better. There is only one you and you have a precious uniqueness that you have to serve everyone else. I am grateful for Tiny Tim and his weird voice and Kiri Takanawa. I love Miros work and also Caravaggio.
You still have to strive for excellence but it is your own excellence with your point of view. There isn’t just one excellent.