Chapter 13Career Plan Step #3: What Makes You Awesome at Work?

Excellence: “the quality of being outstanding or extremely good.”

—Oxford Dictionary

I was bored out of my mind. I decided to do a late night gym session and discovered after five minutes I really didn't want to do anything. I didn't feel like getting on the hamster wheel (treadmill) or lifting weights (it was too late at night and my energy was all but gone) so I decided to hop on a new machine that I had no idea how to work, but had a redeeming quality I liked—a television screen! I figured the best way to get some exercise and distract myself for 30 minutes was to turn on a show.

I flipped through the channels and landed on the Time Life channel that was showing reruns of The Carol Burnett Show while also trying to sell me a DVD set for a mere $49.99. Within 10 seconds, I was hooked and ready to buy, but luckily I didn't have my wallet with me.

I was annoyingly laughing out loud (I couldn't help it) as Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, and Tim Conway reenacted an office scene with a boss and his secretary. Some 30 years later, it was still great comedy. The legendary cast were masters at their craft. They made comedy look natural and easy and kept me laughing so hard I could barely stand up. As I watched, I was jealous that they were having such a good time. While driving home, I realized I loved The Carol Burnett Show because she was so good at what she did. Her excellence affected the lives of millions who had the ...

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