I don’t know if you should really need a reason to do great work, but just in case you do, here are a few:

It’s satisfying looking back on work that you can be proud of.

It inspires others to do their best.

It’s terrific use of your talents and potential.

It role-models excellence and passion to our kids.

You increase your chance of getting noticed.

The pursuit forces you to continually improve.

It’s highly stimulating and gets the heart racing.

It can be the difference between drudgery and creating art.

It can be fun.

It gives glory to the One who gave us our gifts.

It ensures that we make the best use of our one (and fleeting) life.

It makes the world a better place.

And if you need one more reason, it sure beats aspiring to average.

What inspires you to do great work?