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EIM Inside Leadership Podcast: We Are What We Repeatedly Do… Sort Of

April 3, 2018 • Other • Daphne Scott

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

Today, we are discussing one of Dr. Daphne Scott’s favorite quotes. The key to this quote? To be fully honest with ourselves about that thing that we repeatedly do. It’s about virtue and living our virtues then, what happens when we don’t. We are, however, going to pick apart this quote, replace a few words with other words, look at what doesn’t and shouldn’t work for us, and then look at how we can actually achieve this.

If we are clear about what this quote truly means and what our intentions and motivations are, we are more likely to live fully into our aspirations, and it’ll be easier to renounce those things that we can allow to pull us off course.


Daphne Scott

Daphne graduated from Andrews University in 1994 with a BS in Anatomy and Physiology and a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy. After completing her degree,  she practiced in outpatient orthopedics and went on to earn her credentials as a Certified Athletic Trainer. After practicing in Michigan for 5 years, Daphne relocated to Chicago where...

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Commented • April 12, 2018

Hi Garrett, Maybe naive, maybe wise. :) We are all prone to our doing nature aren't we? I am certainly no stranger to that experience and can still see myself get caught in my "doing" as who I am from time to time. I am grateful this conversation was supportive to you. Also, Thich Nhat Hahn is one of my favorite teachers. You may also enjoy this wonderful book by him that includes wonderful meditations and reflections on our relationship to "time". Thank you for connecting! https://www.amazon.com/Inside-Now-Thich-Nhat-Hanh/dp/1937006794/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1449505173&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=thich+nhat+hanh+inside+the+noew

Garrett Pfeiffer

Commented • April 11, 2018

I'm reading a book by Thick Nhat Hanh and in my naive opinion, you two are saying a lot of the same things in that our ability to simply "be" determines or is the necessary precursor for us to "do." I am very guilty of thinking I need to do something (external) rather than developing and reflecting on my internal self and my being first. Thank you for articulating this so clearly.

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