Good is the enemy of great

“Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don’t have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don’t have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life.” 

– James C. Collins

बड़ा ना होवे गुणन बिन बिरद बड़ाई पाय…

बड़ा ना होवे गुणन बिन, बिरद बड़ाई पाय |
कहत धतूरे सो कनक, गहनो गढ़ियो ना जाय ||

Bada na hove gunan bin,birad badai paye
Kahat dhatoore so kanak, gehno gadiyo na jaye

No one’s great without qualities, how much ever they may be praised
Thornapple is called gold, ornaments cannot be made of it

Not mere praise but your character makes you great