When Good Enough Isn’t Good Enough

Ever hear a teammate say during a basketball drill, “That’s good enough, we’ve done what the coach has asked us to do.” Or a classmate say, “That’s good enough, our teacher won’t look that closely at our project.” Maybe you’ve told yourself, “That’s good enough, Mom and Dad won’t notice that I didn’t clean under my bed.

If any of these examples hit home, you are not alone. We’ve all at some point in our lives, cut short a drill, asked a friend what the book was about instead of reading it ourselves or quickly “cleaned” our room so we could do something more exciting. When we do this it hurts no one but ourselves.

If you want to become the basketball player you know you are capable of becoming, good enough just isn’t good enough. What I mean is that if you cut corners and don’t demand 110% of yourself, the outcome will be less then your best.

I read the following poem in a newspaper and I truly believe in its message. I hope it helps you banish this dangerous 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 (The author of this poem was not cited, so if you know who composed it, please email me so I can give the proper credit.)


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