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Why Stop at Good When Great is So Close



Great is so close to good, it really doesn’t make sense to stop at just good. When I was in first grade my teacher, Mrs. Scott told us that takes so much effort to get even, you might as well work just a little harder and get ahead.

It takes a lot of work to be good at something.  Most of the time, we do not get to good overnight. There is preparation, training, trying, re-trying and perfecting. Think about one of the first things that people ever learn to do – walk. No child goes from crawling to walking across the floor with ease and grace. To the contrary, at the start of things there are shaking steps while holding on to pets, furniture and parents. Later, there are shaky steps from one handhold to the next. Then after countless steps, falls, stops and starts, there is success. The baby, now appropriately called a toddler, is able to walk.



Over the course of a lifetime there will be many instances like this one. Learning to read, ride a bike, drive a car and even run a business. Life events and challenges will occur and you will have to work hard in order to get good at something. You will expend countless hours working to be a good person, a good employee, a good spouse, a good parent, a good entrepreneur and good at a myriad of things. It will take hours upon hours, upon hours to get to good. In fact, it will be exhausting work.

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Janeane Davis

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  • This is a concept that has resonated with me lately about the work I've been doing. Thanks for confirming that.

  • Amazing quote!! I need this extra affirmation today!

  • It is important to never give up even on the bad days. Thank you for the inspiration today!

  • Thanks for the reminder I often stop at just good because I get tired. This quote will help to push on to become great.

  • I love this! Why be good when you can be great....what a great thought! Thanks!

  • Great advice. WE need to shoot for the stars in every part of our lives.

  • That is so true! I always try to strive for great but I admit sometimes I find myself saying good is good enough.

  • This is so true! Why settle when you can be spectacular? ;)

  • This is definitely a great quote. Far too often I stop short of what could be great and I settle for just good enough.

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