When Great Is The Enemy Of Good

There is a well-known but seldom-discussed truism in philosophical circles concerning when headlong pursuit of the optimum is a barrier to the successful achievement of even the minimum. In some quarters it’s called “analysis paralysis,” the mental block built out of oppressive expectations, perhaps traceable to our traditional institutions which cradled our career training. They fill our minds with awe for the achievements of past giants (and dreams of following in their lofty footsteps) without first drilling into our psyches the wiser reverence for successfully (even if less brilliantly) getting a job done at all.

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