There are many ways of accounting for the excellence of a person. We could, for example, refer to things such as the accumulation of wealth, power or knowledge, all of which are demonstrably false. There are many examples of mature, outstanding people who have been poor and uneducated. There are also many people who are wealthy, powerful and knowledgeable but who are complete disaster areas as people.
After years of working with the concepts in this book, the author argues that the root of human excellence lies with the issue of our intent. Intent is very subtle, it is not easily measured statistically, but it is instantly recognised by people. It drives our behaviour, how that behaviour is interpreted by others and it governs the success or failure of all human aspirations and endeavours.
The contention of this work is that the unfoldment of the highest aspects of the self are principally concerned with the ‘maturation’ of our intent. This maturation doesn’t require privilege, wealth or a university degree. It is something that anyone, regardless of their station in life, can pursue and succeed at. Success in this venture is to succeed at the key criteria that people measure themselves and others by, irrespective of their background.