2006-12-22 / Columnists

Eye On Physical Therapy

Commentary By Dr. Tim Rohrs, DPT


“Good is the enemy of great.” Jim Collins, author of Good to Great and Built to Last, wrote this as the opening sentence of his latest book.

At first I thought the editor of the book had done a poor job, because clearly it was meant to be “Good is the enemy of evil” or “Good is the enemy of bad”. As I continued reading, I realized that it was no mistake; good is the enemy of great. Collins explains that in America we don’t have a great school system because we have a good one. Most people don’t have great lives because they are comfortable with a good one. We hear it every day. With a shrug of the shoulders “I have a good job,” “I have a good car.” When was the last time someone actually said they had a great job or great car? Surely there must be great jobs and cars out there.

Why don’t we have them? Every day I hear patients say “If I could get to be 50% better, that would be good enough.” Why do we settle for so very little? Are we, as individuals, not worthy of being great or having great things? Do we not have the drive or ambition to work hard to achieve that greatness? Do we fear failure? Are we surrounded by family and friends, who while well intentioned, never motivate us to be great out of fear of failure? “Take the safe route.” “Don’t risk it.” “That will never work.”

One success builds upon another. With one small success we get a taste of greatness and how sweet it is. Like a shark that has tasted blood, each subsequent victory adds to the addiction to strive, work, learn, and conquer. Our pride and self worth are bolstered not by achieving good things but by conquering great challenges. No one can puff up their chest and proclaim they played a good game of golf. There is no fulfillment in coming in second place. Don’t settle for a life of good. Endeavor for a great one! We are worthy of and deserve greatness!

For the New Year I have challenged myself and my staff to strive for greatness. Like a snake that sheds its skin or caterpillar that transforms into a butterfly, embark on a new journey of greatness. Leave those who stand in your way behind. Don’t fear hard work or challenges; it is only though them that we achieve greatness. And if you come to Sands Point Physical Therapy for your aches and pains, please don’t settle for 50% better, because we certainly won’t!

Have a Happy, Healthy and Great 2007!

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