Essay about Is The Pursuit Of Excellence?

1501 Words Apr 19th, 2016 7 Pages
Are people who we idolize and achieve prominence considered to be a virtuous person? The three time NFL Defensive Player of the year, JJ Watt, states that “Success isn 't owned. It 's leased and rent is due every day. Every single day, someone 's coming for your job. Someone 's coming for your greatness. If you 're the greatest, someone wants to be the greatest, and so if you 're not constantly improving your game, somebody else is.” This demonstrates his belief that excellence is obtained through competition, in which this is in everything that we do causing it to be everywhere; nevertheless, to a certain extant this is true, such as competing for desirable material goods, rewards, and power. Although, when most people think of competition, they think of fierce rivalry to attain superiority; however, what most people don’t realize that competition can be either too aggressive or too passive. Aristotle writes that a virtue is the pursuit of excellence, so that an individual can acquire an excellent state of character. He also validates that when a virtue has a middle ground, it is at its greatest. Ultimately, competition needs to be well balanced between the two extremes to form ethical principles for an individual to gain and become a virtuous person. Just as how Aristotle defined courage, competition can also be defined the same way by demonstrating the balancing point between the excess and deficiency and what most see as competition but is actually a false version of…

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