The Six Enemies of Greatness (and Happiness)


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A brilliant article : The Six Enemies of Greatness (and Happiness) - By Jessica Hagy, Forbes

These six factors can erode the grandest of plans and the noblest of intentions. They can turn visionaries into paper-pushers and wide-eyed dreamers into shivering, weeping balls of regret. Beware!

1) Availability
We often settle for whats available, and whats available isnt always great. Because it was there, is an okay reason to climb a mountain, but not a very good reason to take a job or a free sample at the supermarket.

2) Ignorance
If we dont know how to make something great, we simply wont. If we dont know that greatness is possible, we wont bother attempting it. All too often, we literally do not know any better than good enough.

3) Committees
Nothing destroys a good idea faster than a mandatory consensus. The lowest common denominator is never a high standard.

4) Comfort
Why pursue greatness when youve already got 324 channels and a recliner? Pass the dip and forget about your grand designs.

5) Momentum
If youve been doing what youre doing for years and its not-so-great, you are in a rut. Many people refer to these ruts as careers.

6) Passivity
Theres a difference between being agreeable and agreeing to everything. Trust the little internal voice that tells you, this is a bad idea.

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