Simon Cowell Actually Said Something Correct!

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I know plenty of you are American Idol fans, like my wife and two teenage daughters.  But for me personally, I have a hard time watching it (especially at the beginning of the season during the tryouts when the word excellence isn’t even in the grab bag of words to use to describe what you’re watching).  However, earlier this evening, as I was walking by the family room (where my daughters were watching) I overheard Simon say something incredibly profound to one of the contestants.  He said, "That was good.  But if you want to win, you have to realize that good is not enough.  You’ve got to be GREAT!".  I couldn’t have put it better.

That same line is true of everything we do.  If you or I want to win at a relationship (parental or spousal or other), you and I have got to be GREAT!  Good is not enough.  If your company wants to win, it’s got to be GREAT!  Good is not enough.  If your church wants to win, it’s got to be GREAT!  Good is not enough.  If you want to win as an employee (or employer), you’ve got to be GREAT!  Good is not enough.  If you or I want to win at anything, we’ve got to realize that good is not enough.  We’ve got to be GREAT!

Following yesterday’s post about Radio Shack.  If Radio Shack wants to win, it’s got to decide to be GREAT! Plus, it needs to change it’s name ("Radio" is old school and "Shack" will never inspire consumer confidence).  Likewise, if GM wants to avoid bankruptcy, it’s got to be GREAT!  Good is not enough. And what is true of GM and Radio Shack, is just as true for every other business or organization or association or church or community or family.  Finally, Simon Cowell said something worth repeating. "If you want to win, you have to realize that good is not enough.  You’ve got to be GREAT!"

So, are you settling for good?  Or are your striving to be GREAT?

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One Response to “Simon Cowell Actually Said Something Correct!”

  1. Phil Gerbyshak 21 February 2006 at 10:54 pm #

    Great quote Bruce. I’d say Simon “almost” got it right. You don’t just need to *be* great…you need to MAKE it great. If you’re forcing the issue, and traveling along and aiming to create something more than what you have, you can MAKE it great! That’s my truth anyway.


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