Wednesday Sep 19, 2007

Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well

"If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well." said Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, whose words resonate with the title of this message ...."Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well" !


Ultimately, if something's worth doing, its worth doing extraordinarily well !

Friday Aug 31, 2007

The enemy of "Great" is "Good" ...

OK, I borrowed that title from Jim Collin's book, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't.


I think the fundamental principle of greatness tends to apply to people as much as it does to large groups of people a.k.a. organizations. Its so very easy to see the truth in the statement that "good" and "good enough" is the enemy to being "great".

Jim Collins goes on to state that ... "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, precisely because it is easy to settle for a good life. The vast majority of companies never become great precisely because they become quite good. - and that is their main problem."

Ditto for most people, especially in companies, to reach the point of being good and then like the proverbial hare (in the race with the tortoise) to take a break and instead of proceeding further on, decide to stay with the status-quo within their comfort zone.

I tend to agree with this quote by Jack Kerouac, who raises a toast to ... "(Here's to ) the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."

Truly, the ones who are not satisfied with just being part of the clockwork and who chose to be in a constant pursuit of perfection and betterment are the ones we can count upon to take us forward (and upward).

Before signing off this post, let me throw in a very apt quote from Woodrow Wilson which tends to hit the nail squarely on the heads of those denizens of the corporate world, who are content with their daily endeavor to make a living  ... "You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand."

Lets go make a difference in whatever we are called to do. And, remember, "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success."

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