In the public sector, we have a saying that goes something like this: "Good
enough for government work!". It implies that the government doesn't expect
perfection, so "good enough" is often all you'll need to put into an assignment.
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Sadly, it also implies that "good enough" is somehow inferior. After all, the
saying isn't "Give it your all It was about 10:30 at night and I was riding my Yamaha R1 sportbike down an
empty stretch of road south of Tucson, AZ. I was alone on the road. I started
thinking about speed. Not just about going "fast", but insane speed. I had to do
I had to transform those dashed white lines dividing both southbound lanes into
a single, speed-induced streak of white.
So, I rolled on the throttle and accelerated. 100 MPH was no problem. Hell,
those sportbikes were built for speed. Hardly a vibration. In fI don't know about you, but I learn a heck of a lot more from my failures than I
do successes. When everything goes right, I learn very little. I learn nothing
beyond what happened to go right in that instance. But, what about the next?
Here is the difference between successes and failures:
Failures have a way of humbling us. They force us to reflect on the situation,
as well as ourselves, to determine where we F'ed up. We retrace our steps and
analyze where we stumbled off the path to righteou