Quality Through Commitment
By Michael Garrity
To me, the foundation of quality work has always been a dedication to creating something with depth and meaning behind it, something that has had some thought put into it. The opposite of this is, of course, something that’s been slapped together hastily and with little effort.
In other words, real quality comes from the creation process and a certain thoroughness that makes all of the difference between something good and something great. Probably to the chagrin of my editors at times, I tend to take this as meaning I should be almost overly thorough when it comes to my work, often taking my time preparing, writing and then revising something in great detail.
By being so thorough, I basically force myself to hanker down and produce something with at least some value, but this process doesn’t always work. That is probably because, in reality, quality isn’t actually the result of the amount of time you put into your work; rather, it’s about how much thought you put into it, focusing your energies and concentrating on making something of substance that will provide value to the people who interact with it.
I guess what I’m saying is that quality is just a measure of how much of yourself you’re willing (or able) to put into your work.