What (possibly non-English) word describes deliberate, patient excellence?
April 11, 2012 10:39 AM Subscribe
What word would I used to describe an attitude of deliberate, patient excellence as in a craft or vocation?
posted by Kamhead to Writing & Language (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Some examples where this overarching attitude is revealed include the creation of Damascus steel, samurai swords, and Ferraris. Also, I see this sort of dedication in Thai fruit carving and sushi preparation. These are all things that come about as the result of deliberate practice, attention to form, and dedicated craftsmanship.
I thought there was an Italian word that describes this concept, but I'm flummoxed. Ideally, I'm looking for a single word (as opposed to, say, a phrase) to describe the mindset or overarching attitude and approach of those practitioners who dedicate their lives to making beautiful things with patience, dedication, and love.