The Pursuit of Excellence by my friend Dwight Edwards is right on. I think it really relates to social media today. While having a Facebook page is good, it is no where near where you could be!
“Good enough is not good enough if it can be better. And better is not good enough if it can be best.” Ozzie Smith
Excellence. It comes from a Latin word which means “to rise or tower out from”. Simply put, it is to go noticeably beyond the accepted norm.
- It is one thing to work. It is a very different thing to be sweat soaked and bone weary from the day’s labor.
- It is one thing to exercise. It is a very different thing to be gasping for air with one’s leg muscles burning from all out exertion.
- It is one thing to study. It is a very different thing to be eye wearied and mentally exhausted from reading, memorizing and working problems. On and on it goes.
Simply because some effort is expended does not guarantee that enough effort has been spent to truly qualify for the term “excellent”. Working hard enough to get by, working hard enough to get ahead, and working hard enough to mightily exploit one’s full potential are all dramatically different things.
When Ozzie Smith was being inducted into the Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame; one of the things he talked about in his acceptance speech was what kind of effort and performance was “good enough”. He shared a slogan that he had gone back to time and again throughout his baseball career.
“Good enough is not good enough if it can be better. And better is not good enough if it can be best.”
Hard to beat that as a great description of excellence. Or the pathway to becoming the best we can be.
Flashpoint: Good enough is not good enough if it could be better.
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