I recently stumbled upon a piece in Forbes that seems to explore Jim Collins‘ matra that good is the enemy of great. This article provides a quick overview of the six enemies of greatness (and happiness).
- Availability- settling for the “low hanging fruit”
- Ignorance- limitations based on what you know
- Committees- bureaucratic bull poop
- Comfort- inability to stretch yourself
- Momentum- getting stuck in a rut
- Passivity- not engaging all the way
Instead of diving into why each of these traits make achieving greatness difficult, I thought it would be valuable to think of creative ways to overcome them. I won’t claim to be a expert but it is always important to get creative and think your way out of a problem.
- Availability- set your sights on a goal that takes a little bit of effort but will make your project great
- Ignorance- always seek advice and help from others, you can never ask too many questions
- Committees- give everyone a specific task and deadline, hold them accountable and push forward
- Comfort- is it just me or is it a lot more exhilarating to stretch beyond your comfort zone and get a win because of your efforts?
- Momentum- just like getting stuck in a rut, success breeds success
- Passivity- find something that you are truly passionate about and you will never be passive