Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Good Enough is Bad
Seth Godin has posted another provocative essay titled: The seduction of "good enough"
Here's how it begins...
But here's the deal: almost everything is lousy.
Sure, it's way way better than it was. Sure it's a miracle.
But is anything as good as it could be?
... here are my two big ideas to start:
1. Humans tend to work on a problem until they get a good enough solution, instead of a solution that's right.
2. The marketplace often rewards solutions that are cheaper and good enough, instead of investing in the solution that promises to lead to the right answer.
"Hate your blog, then improve it."
We have to learn how to hate things, hate how they are.
See what they could be.
What they could be, but aren't,
because of what they've been made to be.
We generally do nothing unless we absolutely love and crave, or hate and attack.
Hate a problem so much, you actually get up and do something about solving it.
Hate war so much, you try to be peaceful and encourage others to be gentle, even to ants of the sidewalk.
Hate politics so much, you try to model for others how to question and think for oneself.
Everything is less, far less than what it could be.
This includes you, me, everyone and everything.
Even our lofty ideals are either boring, deliberately absurd, or quarantined and sequestered from present reality.
The war against mediocrity is the same as the conflict with other dysfunctionalities. It is endless and more difficult each day.
But fight we must.
Mediocrity, the "good enough", is always bad.
Would you want a "superior" surgeon, or merely one that is "adequate" and "competent", or simply claims to be "qualified"?
Would you want supremely safe food and water, or would you tolerate "moderately safe", or even "somewhat questionable"?
Constantly improve your blog.
your blog represents you.
you see you in the blogmirror.
Keep enhancing, focusing,
increasing the brilliance
of your blog,
improve your blogging:
thus your thinking, which
equals your mind, i.e.,
your self, that which bears
your name, represented in
signatures, your life,
that energy you have on loan
for a little while.
[signed} Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate
Posted by steven edward streight at 6/21/2005 11:50:00 PM