Celebrating the 12 days of Christmas
with short reflections on 12 gifts
The best is the enemy of the good. Voltaire, in a letter to Frederik of Prussia
Voltaire’s words come as a bit of a shock: we are more accustomed to motivational speakers who exhort us to aim high, to pursue excellence, to visualize the win. But at least one Canadian General (now retired) adapted the phrase for his own time, place, and project environment. As he used to tell his staff, The perfect is the enemy of the good enough.
May even the perfectionists in the crowd (ahem...) enjoy the gift of motivation, overcoming the paralysis that often results from pursuing the impossibly distant goal of perfection, and instead pursuing an achievable ‘good enough’.