At STNL, we live by the motto “Excellence. Every Day.” It’s a huge ask. One may even call it daunting. Because let’s face it, even excellence one day a week takes effort. But to the credit of our amazing STNL team, they each embrace the motto and “bring it” every, single day.

How they do so varies from person to person, which is just how we like it. We want everyone to put their own spin on excellence and then own it as if they invented it. For example, some of our team members said that “Excellence. Every Day.” means:

These are excellent examples of how we want people to live out our corporate motto. But having a goal and chasing it are two different things. Not surprisingly for our dedicated team, they reported nearly 20 different ways they work to grasp that golden ring we call “Excellence. Every Day.” Here are a few examples:

How telling that so many comments about how our colleagues achieve our motto every day involve leading, encouraging, collaborating and challenging. We are not a company of one. Nor are we robots. Something magical happens when we help one another, encourage one another, and celebrate one another. Suddenly, our sum is greater than the total of its parts.

In this spirit, we asked how STNL—as a company—achieves excellence daily. Once again, the responses were diverse, but specific themes emerged. Here are a few sample answers:

This may very well be the secret to our success: committed colleagues, working together to achieve excellence, and not just hoping for it.

The drive for excellence isn’t, of course, confined to work. As such, it was interesting—and inspiring—to see how some of our colleagues aim for excellence outside of work. Among the comments made:

And here we get to the crux: excellence at work matters greatly, but without a taste of excellence in our personal lives, we would feel something missing. But when we experience excellence in and out of work, we’re living fully, and that’s a beautiful thing to behold.