The Problem with Good

The problem with good (1)Good in the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life.” – Jim Collins

In the first semester of my graduate school experience, as part of a Business Management course, we read Jim Collin’s book Good to Great. I read it a second time in my first 30 days of an Executive Development job at the largest regional bank based is Nebraska. In the coming week I’ll be reading it a third time on a family trip we are taking around the holidays.

As do most people, I re-evaluate my year as it winds down and set goals for the coming year. For 2019, my New Year’s Resolution focuses on one key concept:  good is no longer welcome in my work or my life.

So what’s the problem with good? The problem with good is that it is  NOT great.

Good is convenient. Greatness takes conscious decisions and focus. 

Good can avoid some obstacles. Greatness is not giving up or avoiding the tough stuff.

Good is a shorter, easier path. Greatness required endurance and discipline.

But we still get rewarded for good. The job still gets done. The box gets checked. Money exchanges hands. Degrees get handed out. Even the phrase, “good enough” is a clear indicator that there is room for more and yet… all too often we settle on “good”.

So, 2019 is the year of discipline and focus. It’s a year of growth and development. It’s a year of making an enemy of good on the path to greatness.

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