Is Excellence Showing Off?
Is Excellence Showing Off?

Sometimes, friends nearby will say to me, “Showoff.”

At Gold’s Gym one time, Joe said, “You intimidate people.”

“What are you talking about, Joe”, I asked, confused and astonished.

He said, “You intimidate people. Because you’re gifted.” Come to find out he was referring to my physical fitness appearance.

I told Joe “The only gift I have, is that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.” We both smiled big smiles.

Maybe six years ago, two colleagues and I were in the break area, the two of them discussing their latest diet (Atkins I think it was), and I asked them, “How come no one ever asks me what I do – to lose weight, I mean?”

“You don’t need to worry about it”, was the quick and serious reply.

Know what I said? And I was pissed frustrated with their answer. I said, “I worry about it every single day, that’s why I don’t need to worry about it!!”

You know what? Maybe working harder than others is showing off.

The “guilt” you’ve heard me talk about is really just a humble attempt to say I do not feel guilty. I’ve busted my back trying to make extra-ordinary from ordinary. And it’s been one success after another.

Now, I guess being the Internet’s only “Five-a-Day Blogger” is showing off too?

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    Whatever happened to the idea of the “Christian work ethic?” I think society as a “general rule” doesn’t understand that concept anymore. That’s not showing off – it’s doing your best because your focus is different than one who isn’t a believer in Jesus.

    Like Colossians 3:23 states: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” There’s the Driver – not arrogance or being a show-off.

    Keep on keeping on for God!


  2. What you are will show in what you do. — Thomas Edison

    To whom much gas been given, much will be required. – Bible

    If your goal isn’t impossible, you’re not reaching high enough. – (guess)

    Bob, thanks again for your contribution and insight. You’re correct Bob. I never heard anyone call Jesus a show off. Have you?

  3. Jeff,

    No, I can’t remember Jesus ever being calling a show off or overachiever. Like a friend of mine used to say: “When your good at something, it isn’t arrogance, but confidence.” Jesus is the best – that’s ultimate confidence!


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