There’s an old story about a man who walks by a construction site and sees workmen pushing wheelbarrows, each filled with an enormous stone.

He asks one what they’re doing.

“What does it look like?” he says with a sneer. “Hauling rocks.”

Unsatisfied with that answer, the passerby asks another construction worker the same question.

The workman doesn’t bother looking up. “We’re putting up a wall.”

Frustrated, the man tries one last time. “I say there,” he asks the next fellow, “can you tell me what you men are doing here?”

The workman puts down his wheelbarrow, wipes his forehead and says with a broad smile, “We’re building a cathedral.”

Here are three men, all doing the same job. One is hauling rocks.

One is putting up a wall. One is building a cathedral.

This story says a lot about the attitude that each of us brings to our lives… or could if we were willing to change our perspective.

My primary occupation, for example, is providing mortgage financing for clients. One reason I do this is to meet my overhead and put food on the table. To that extent, I’m hauling rocks.

A greater objective is to build a successful mortgage business.

The better I am at what I do, the more people I help, the better my business grows. To that extent, I’m putting up walls.

But the real objective of my mortgage business is to effectively help home owners and buyers in achieving their dreams. When I stay focused on that, I’m building a cathedral. (And, not incidentally, meeting my lesser goals, as well.)

Contrary to what some believe, performance excellence isn’t about “showing off nor showing up the other guy.”

Excellence is about pride, high-standards, and healthy self-esteem along with a commitment to being the best you can be. It liberates you from the crowded field of mediocrity allowing you to stand out, rise up and shine bright!

If you focus on excellence, and never make an exception, you will find in short order that the cream ALWAYS rises to the top.

When my advice empowers people, when it gives them direction, comfort and peace of mind, I feel good about my work.

I’m building a cathedral.

Mark Fidgett is a Vancouver mortgage broker and the driver behind

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