How to Live an Exceptional Life (Even When Life Isn’t Exceptional)

Rules Everyone Must Live By to Have an Exceptional Life

Exceptional service is service that is out of the ordinary and relates to or forms an exception. It is unusual, remarkable and superior.

Exceptional products stand out from the crowd. They perform at a higher level, last longer, give more value for the dollar, provide comfort or convenience to our lives and are the ones that we will purchase time and time again.

How to Live an Exceptional Life (Even When Life Isn’t Exceptional)

Exceptional people are the type of people that I like to hang around. They are givers. They are achievers. They speak good words. They never quit.

They pursue excellence in all their endeavours and choose to walk the extra mile while smiling the largest smile.

These people are exclusive because they are an exception.

Their lives are ‘an exception to the rule’ because they rule their lives differently to the mass of humanity who choose to follow the crowd.

And that, I propose, is what makes them exceptional…

I hate ruts. They’re like graves for dead men. I’m alive. And when confronted with anything that looks like a grave I hire a front end loader and demolish it.

I hate restrictions. They stop me from pushing ahead in the pursuit of my dreams. I break restrictions with my bare hands.

I hate the words, ‘You can’t do that. You can’t go there. You’re not qualified.’ I bite those words between my teeth and declare defiantly, ‘Watch me!’

I hate impossibility. I look at it square in the face and breathe all over it, ‘Nothing is impossible to me because I have a belly full of belief.’

I hate ignorance. It is the blight of all the humanity who struggle to make ends meet, day in and day out. I make it my mission to acquire knowledge, seek out mentors and share what I’m learning with others as fast as I learn it.

I hate conformity. When anyone tries to stick me in a box, I kick it out. I refuse to be hemmed in because I’m a free spirit with my own dream and my own method of pursuing that dream and its fulfilment.


l love challenges. They are an opportunity to draw out my hidden strengths that would have never been found if trouble hadn’t darkened my door.

I love mistakes. They are my teacher. I learn from them. They cause me to stop and evaluate in order to make corrections so that I don’t repeat them time and time again.

I love roadblocks. They cause me to become more and more creative. Because I know that there is a way, I will find a way.

I love storms. For every storm there is always a rainbow to be found. And at the end of every rainbow there is a pot of gold.

I love the words ‘impossible’ and ‘quit’. I get to prove them wrong time and time again as I rip them out of my dictionary.

I love confrontation. It allows me to walk graciously while maintaining my integrity and holding onto my dignity.


So, to become an exception, or to live an exceptional life, one needs to live differently.

It comes down to habits.

I recently picked up a book about the world’s best swimmer Ian Thorpe and in reading about his daily training schedule it didn’t take a genius to work out why he is so good.

Apart from him being blessed with huge feet, that must act like the propellor of a ship, he has followed up his passion with years of dedication and hard work.

These habits have flowed over and into his ability to become a champion in his chosen field of endeavour.

If you desire to be exceptional, in whatever field you choose, then you too must refine your daily habits and consistently apply them to your daily life.

For me to improve as a writer, I must write every day. I must read a whole lot more than I write. I must study other writers. I must be diligent and consistent. I must be passionate and that passion increases as I work harder and get to know my subject better and better through use.

Don’t be satisfied with anything less than exceptional. Rise to the challenge to be the best you, you can possibly be. Accept nothing but the best from yourself, starting today.

Motivational Quote: Except you live exceptionally you will never live an exceptional life.