20 August 2009
Reflecting on a the horns of a dilemma, or something. Two syndromes:
1) The good is the enemy of the great:
Person A: "You know what? It would take a lot of focus and effort and teamwork, but we could go for this Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal!"
Person B: "Really? But why...? These small, hairless, inoffensive occupations that we're currently busy with are getting us by just fine."
2) The great is the enemy of the good:
Person A: "Hey! Look at this cool thing I accomplished!"
Person B: "What?? Why did you waste time doing that? We TOTALLY could have accomplished a MIND-BENDINGLY AWESOME version of that!!!!!"
Person A: "Oh. But, we weren't. And we haven't. And I did this. And it's pretty cool."
[Six months later....]
Person A: "Hmm. Glad I didn't wait around for B's MIND-BENDINGLY AWESOME version, or we'd still have nuttin' at all...."
It seems to me that good and great are both pretty nifty. And initiative trumps nay-saying almost every time. So can't we all just get along? (Probably not.)
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