Month: September 2014

Is Good Really Not Good Enough?

“Good isn’t simply good enough. When I stand atop my great wall, I would think, ‘The view is rather good… But is it great?”

The above quote is from a popular advertisement starring Naseerudin Shah. While the quote relates to product being advertised it is also a reflection of society today.

Society loves to discern and deliver a dissertation about a particular person. The media loves to build a person up and then bring them crashing down to planet at the first opportunity they get. And there has been a worrying growth of this from the general public these days. Bosses love to benchmark employees and tell them they’re not good enough because the other person is better; the same goes with siblings at home, classmates at class and people at work(celebrities or otherwise).

The media dictates every step of your life. Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabanna, Lacoste, Louis Philippe tells you how many abs you should have. The TV tells you whether you should be size zero or how many curves you should have. Starbucks tells you what coffee you need to drink to be successful, what suits you need to wear to impress the girls, what alcohol changes your life, an Omega watch will transport you to a different stratosphere. Everything has to be crisp, clean and perfect. That’s what the society expects out of you because that’s what society sees.

If it isn’t worrying enough that this happens at a large for adults, this worrying trend can be seen with children as well. Airtel Little Super-Singer, Teen Indian idol, Junior Singing Champion, India has got talent. The list of shows where kids are put into the spotlight goes on and on. It’s endless.

I’m not advocating complacency and being average. Competition is a good thing but competition shouldn’t be expected to be the start and end of it all. There is a place for everyone in the world and everybody happens to be pretty good at something someone else isn’t. Due to certain circumstances they haven’t had the opportunities to experiment with these and take it up as a full time job. Good is good enough unless someone sees the potential to cultivate it and amplify it to the next level.

People need to learn to accept the level of performance and focus on skill development and personality development of the other person rather than focussing on career development and brain-washing them into believing certain products or things change their lives. Believe in a person and root for them rather than rooting for how you want them to be. Genuinely want a change and work towards it rather than having a picture in your mind and expecting others to reach that benchmark. Good can be good enough.

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it.”