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I’ve always appreciated the Jewish proverb which states that good is the enemy of great. This has been applied many ways over the years, but it’s especially useful in reminding us of the negative consequences that can come from merely settling for for “good” when we are capable of so much more, whether we’re talking about individuals or organizations.

Good is most definitely an enemy of great, but I don’t think it’s the ultimate enemy of great.

The real enemy of greatness is inertia. Failure to launch. Not even getting started in the first place. Too much talk, too little action.

Overcoming the inertia that may be keeping you from moving toward that next goal, strategy, news year’s resolution, or whatever may be rather daunting. But I’ll promise you that pushing through that inertia and just taking that first step is a reward in and of itself.

I’ll leave you with these words…

You don’t have to be great to start, but you do have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar

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