Good Enough Isn’t Good Enough

Ever hear a teammate say during a basketball drill; “That’s good enough, we’ve done enough.” Or a classmate say; “That’s good enough, our teacher won’t look that closely at our project.”  If these examples hit home, you are not alone.  We’ve all at some point in our lives, cut short a drill, or asked a friend what a book was about instead of reading it ourselves.

If you want to become a great basketball player, good enough just isn’t good enough.  If you cut corners and don’t demand 110% of yourself, the outcome will be less than your best.

I truly believe the message in the following poem.  I hope it helps you banish this phrase from your vocabulary. 

Good Enough Isn’t Good Enough

My child, beware of “good enough.”
It isn’t made of sterling stuff;
It’s something anyone can do;
It marks the many from the few.
The flaw which may escape the eye
And temporarily get by
Shall weaken underneath the strain
And wreck the ship, the car or plane.
With “good enough,” the car breaks down,
And one falls short of high renown.
My child, remember and be wise,
In “good enough,” the shirkers stop
In every factory and shop;
With “good enough,” the failures rest
And lose the one who gives the best.
Who stops at “good enough,” shall find
Success has left them far behind.
For this is true of you and your stuff —
Only the best is “good enough.”

If it is to be, it is up to me.


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