"Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life."
Jim Collin states in the first chapter of Good To Great, that his book is not a company book, he claims to only use companies as examples of how good and great are differentiated. It is so easy not to catch the real message that the book ties to transmit, and instead focus on the facts and statistics that are shown. This happened to me, I certainly do not know a lot about companies or the stock market, so all the business terms and terminology led me to lose focus on what the real message was.
It wasn't until today when discussing the first chapter with the class , that I noticed this quote (the one mentioned in the top). I noticed how nowadays it is so common to just settle for what is easy, and reachable, instead of seeking for more, searching for what's "great". We confuse good and great, and act as if they meant the same thing, when actually "good is the enemy of great". We where always told to be satisfied with what is enough, to settle a good life, instead of risking it all for something that we may not even obtain. But think about it, doesn't it make sense to live a life doing what you love, no matter how hard you have to work or what you can loose? Isn't it worth it? Now a days people give way too much value to money, we treat it as if it where the most important thing. You can't live a completely happy life, when money is what drives you. People choose to play it safe, and base their whole lives in money, instead of risking it all to do what they love, they are satisfied with what is enough instead of pushing their full potential.. This is what makes the difference between living a good life and living a great life.