A world-class concert pianist was approached by an admirer after a stunning performance. "I would give my life to play the way you played this evening," declared the adoring fan.
"I have given my life," responded the virtuoso.
Stop and think for a moment: why do we respect individuals who have achieved superexcellence? Certainly we admire their accomplishments, but the discipline and the sacrifices these people undertook to make their mark—whether in the arts, science, business or athletics—are just as remarkable.