Big or Small- Give It Your Very Best

We recently switched landscape companies because our yard was beginning to look droopy, drab and dreary.  Considering that Halloween is only one day out of 365 in the year, the gloomy presentation of our front yard was not desirable.

Fast forward to the new company we hired to revive and groom our yard back to vitality …..

DAY 1 : The gardeners showed up, they were focused, gracious and experienced.  They worked with such love and finesse, they did more than was required and made sure that our yard/planters were in tip top shape before leaving.  As the crew was wrapping up, they came to the door and asked me how I liked everything, and if there was anything else they could do.  It was as if they owned the house and wanted to make sure the presentation was nothing short of “the best.”


When one produces a beautiful landscape, a clean kitchen, an efficient computer program, a beautifully written book, a delicious meal, a fabulous workout, a memorable speech delivery, a brilliant legal deposition or any other task which requires work, diligence and effort, the result is much respected and admired.

The worker has taken “ownership” of the effort and the work which has been performed with excellence.




Excellence, not perfection, is achieved when one does their job to the best of their ability, all the while continuing the process of improvement.   Giving every little or big thing the “best you have got to give” is a sign of self esteem and self respect.  The size of the job does not matter, but the size of the heart with which you do the job speaks volumes about you and your work.  Speaking from experience, it feels wonderful to give someone my best because then I help that person to become better through my consideration of them.  I have put my stamp on the work; I walk away proud, satisfied and happy that “I did my very best!”

ROBIN SHARMA is one of the world’s premiere speakers on Leadership and Personal Mastery; here is his list of ways to do your best:

15 Ways For You To Do Your Best Work

  1. Do your best work by challenging the way you did things yesterday.
  2. Do your best work by allowing your passion to see the light of day.
  3. Do your best work by becoming part of the solution versus growing the problem.
  4. Do your best work by expecting nothing less than you playing at world-class.
  5. Do your best work by giving away the credit (especially when you crave it)
  6. Do your best work by practicing your skills so you become a virtuoso.
  7. Do your best work by releasing excuses and doing important things.
  8. Do your best work by getting up when you’ve been knocked down.
  9. Do your best work by keeping your promises; to others and to yourself.
  10. Do your best work by showing integrity.
  11. Do your best work by delivering more value than anyone could ever expect from you.
  12. Do your best work by making time to refill your well.
  13. Do your best work by having a strong foundation at home.
  14. Do your best work by becoming as fit as a pro athlete.
  15. Do your best work by doing work that makes a difference and inspires others to do the same.

As Chuck Palahniuk once said: “The goal isn’t to live forever. The goal is to create something that will.” 


This positive “KEFI” energy motivates me, and quite honestly this is how I roll!

Do you??


Carpe Kefi




Kiki is a master interviewer with 25 years broadcasting on Kansas City and Chicago radio. She was a prevalent force at WMAQ & WBBM radio where she was the first female airborne news/traffic reporter in the "Windy City". Kiki’s voiceover work has garnered her Omni awards for Evian water and Coca-Cola commercials. These days Kiki enjoys energizing audiences on stage during motivational speaking engagements, and through writing. Her highly regarded “Kefi-That Life Force” column, was published previously in The Greek Star. She’s currently working on her first non-fiction book. [ View all posts ]