I hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day weekend! We didn’t do a whole lot, considering that last week was (FINALLY) Rookie Camp for Marching Band for our oldest.
We spent the time contemplating the sacrifices that others have made, allowing us to enjoy what we have today. We also purchased a new pellet grill, which will be the subject of an article in the near future.
Good vs. Great
Did I ever tell y’all that I used to play in a rock band when I was younger? We weren’t very good, but played a few gigs and had some fun. Our biggest gig was getting booked as a last-minute replacement to fill a week at a bar in Memphis, Tennessee. Notified on a Saturday, to start on Monday. AND, we had to bring a sound system to play through. (Queue runon sentence…) Guitar player quit, found sound system, found guitar player, practiced 2 hours, drove to Memphis, woke up with pink eye, played the first night, got fired, went home.
The takeaway? We thought we, and our gear, (the gear was a bullet point in why we were fired), was good enough. What I realized then was that good enough is never good enough. I never thought past that, but have a history of over-building things. Shed workbench? Can probably support two thousand pounds. Rental business? Running it like I have one hundred doors. Lots of over-engineering.
Lately, the subject of Good vs. Great has come up more than three times in as many weeks, so I decided to write about it.
“Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don’t have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don’t have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life.”― Jim Collins, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t
Jim Collins wrote about this in his book “Good to Great”. He details how his study of companies allowed him to determine a path from being a good company to being a great company.
Ultimately, my issue with being content with “Good”, is that you have no incentive to be “Great”. No incentive to grow. No incentive to learn. No incentive to achieve Mastery.
If you want to achieve more, but don’t seem to be making progress, evaluate your situation to determine if you are content with being “Good”. If you are, then you can either learn to accept that you are OK with “Good”, or make the changes needed to achieve “Great”.
And, as always, let me know what you think in the comments. Ask questions, tell your story.
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Clint C. Galliano, REALTOR® 985.647.4479
Clint C. Galliano, a native of Lafourche Parish, has lived in the Houma-Thibodaux area for over 36 years and is currently a REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty Bayou Partners in Houma, La. He has been involved with real estate investing since 2017 and hosts the local Real Estate Investment Association. Real Estate is his passion. Clint previously worked in drilling fluids and drilling fluids automation for 28 years. He lives in Bayou Blue with his wife and two daughters.