I want to say:

"a blinkered pursuit of pure excellence"

and was wondering if there was a more positive adjective I could use instead of 'blinkered', as it is not negative in this context. However, I want the meaning of blinkered, in that it is stronger than 'extreme focus', it is an unabashed paying of attention to only one thing to solely achieve excellence in a good way.

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    – Phil Sweet
    Oct 27, 2018 at 15:32
  • extremely focused pursuit of excellence - can't get much more extreme!
    – lbf
    Oct 27, 2018 at 15:49
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    what is pure excellence? How is it different from excellence?
    – Lambie
    Oct 27, 2018 at 16:16
  • @Lambie perhaps this is not the optimal way to phrase it, but I meant to contrast from people who are half pursuing excellence and half pursuing money. These people are only pursuing excellence, in a very pure way and form, desiring only the excellence.
    – PolkaDot
    Oct 27, 2018 at 16:20
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    Then, say that: the single-minded pursuit of excellence. [Thank you to Phil.]
    – Lambie
    Oct 27, 2018 at 16:25

2 Answers 2


“Assiduous” sounds like a good substitute, or even just “hyperfocused.”


laser beam vocabulary.com

beam of light generated by a laser

“Focus like a laser beam on the elections.” LA Times OCT. 2018

As in your example:

"... a laser beam pursuit of pure excellence"


"... the pursuit of pure excellence as like a laser beam"

or simply use laser in your usages

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