Always remember that you if you can do a good job you can do a great job.
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. On 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.
When you put in all that work, you will notice that while you are good at whatever it is you have been working on, you are not great. Great is close to good, really close. Even in the dictionary, good is only a few pages away from great. Don’t stop at good, put in a little more work and go for great. Great is where the good rewards are found. Great is where true success is found. Think of good as the journey and great as the finish line you should aim to reach. `
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Going from good to great is worth the extra effort it will take.
Getting from good to great takes time, practice and effort. Let’s look at a professional athlete for an example to make the point clear. When he got to the NBA, Michael Jordan was clearly recognized as a good basketball player. He could have had a fine career as a good basketball player. He would have made a good deal of money, garnered endorsement deals and been thought of fondly by fans of the sport for years to come. But, we all know Michael Jordan was not merely a good basketball player, he was a great basketball player, perhaps one of the best ever to play the game. He did not stop at good, he came to practice early and stayed late working to move from a good player, to a great player.
If you desire to be successful, to be appreciated and to be thought of in good terms by your peers and those around you, do not settle for being good. Instead, put in the work to be great. We all know people who are good at things. We like good parents. We want our children to have good teachers. We want good friends. We want business to be good. Good makes us happy.
Great on the other hand is a thing we treasure. Great parents are appreciated by their children and admired by those who see them. Great teachers are the ones who give our children a thrill and enthusiasm for learning. Great friends stick with us, never leave us and are with us for a lifetime. Great businesses enable us not just to earn a living, but to make a life. The rewards of great of so much more than the rewards for good, it makes sense to go for great.
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I wish I knew where my first grade teacher Mrs. Scott was today. I would tell her that I have worked to heed her instruction. She would be pleased to know that not only do I follow the lesson she taught me, I work to help others learn the lesson as well. What will you do in your life, both professionally and personally to go from good to great?
29 thoughts on “Great is So Close so Do Not Stop at Good”
This is such an inspiring post! Lovely read.
I love this message! What a great reminder to all of us. I always remind myself to do better everyday.
I agree, don’t settle for good, go great. Same as dream big. I always tell my son that.
This is such a beautiful point of view! We need always to improve ourselves!
This is really great reminder. Yes we need to practice the things get the things in order.
Good decisionS help lead to great paces.
This is great. All great things in life take a lot of work. I’m hoping to become great at treating pregnancy patients in my line of work so I’m planning on doing A LOT of extra training.
This is such an important message. Going from good to great is worth the time and effort invested.
This reminds me of my weight loss journey. I’ve done well but I want to keep going!
I love this reminder for people looking to improve their lives. Right now is an important time to rethink where you are and where you’d like to be — and NOT lose focus. This is perfect for a friend who is dealing with some things. I’ll be sure to share.
This is so motivational and this makes me go thinknabout myself. I’m inspired by your words. I also love the quote! I’ll be keeping this in mind. This is so inspiring!
I love this concept- I always try to do and give my best and I get such a sense of satisfaction from knowing I’ve put in as much effort as I could!
This is really inspiring and motivating! Indeed, why stop at good when you can do great!
I agree, if we are good at something. Why not do our best. It’s not like we got hundreds of years to try and try,so give your best at every chance.
This is so motivating, I love reading post like this like every other day to keep me going.
Your post has inspired me. I was okay with being good at things. My photography skills are good but I know with more education and practice I can achieve great.
I agree! I always try to do everything to glorify God. He deserves greatness not just goodness. Great reminder.
This is such a inspire to read and I agree with this Getting from good to great takes time, practice and effort I’ totally relate!
I enjoyed this post so much, Kita. You make it so simple, yet so powerful. Thank you.
This is such a great way to think about it. We should never settle for ok when we have the ability to be amazing.
This is definitely a good reminder to never settle at just good, but to strive for doing great
This post is so inspiring. Thanks for the reminder.
This was inspiring to me. It helps me to be better at my work
This is an excellent reminder to never stop at your goal, but to always enhance and expand within your capabilities and beyond your comfort zone! I love this saying and will most likely say this to my adult children now! Kelli A
This is such an interesting read – it is good to remember sometimes that you just have to keep on try and that little extra can make a big difference to the end result.
That is such a wonderful reminder. If we’re going to put in the work, let’s go all the way!
I love this! I’ve always believed that we should put our full effort into everything we do. If we do that, we’ll always do better than good.
This is such a fabulous reminder. You do have to practice at things in order to get better. Always put in the work!
A great post and it makes me think about all the work I do. I try very hard to be good and a little extra does matter.
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