I always love the Academy Awards, and during this year’s show they showed a montage of clips made up of the nominations for film of the year. During this montage, there was a quick grab from a scene in the film Whiplash, where the leading actor JK Simmons said to his student,
“There are no two words in the English language more harmful than Good Job.”
When I heard that, it made me think about the words we use in our own minds, the conversations we have with loved ones and workmates and the off handed comments we can tend to throw out as a reflex. So often, good gets in the way of great. We set out to do a good job, yet there is alway someone else who sets out to do an outstanding job. The difference between great and outstanding is not skill-based, it is simply a difference in attitude and desire. From the start, the outstanding person sets a different expectation, a higher standard and hence they see a different result…. not a good job but a great job.
Don’t do harm to yourself or others. Choose your words wisely, set a higher expectation for yourself and your business, get your Mojo working and see how the results follow.
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
~Martin Luther King~