Thursday, October 25, 2012

Being Great vs. Good

Playing Mum

I have a good friend, also by the name of Sophie. For some reason with her, I talk about serious things. Most of my life is light and fun, but for some reason with her, serious things come out.

I've lost count of the times I have said to her amongst conversations that "I would just love to be great at something."

I feel like so often I am good at things, but don't get the satisfaction of being great at something.

So often I crave that "great" validation. To know that I am more than okay. As a time-poor Mum it is my journey to accept what I have and who I am. Some times okay needs to be enough. Sometimes "good" is really my great.

I can't help myself, I'll keep learning, keep striving, I'll continue to branch off and try new things. Thats just who I am. Sometimes in this journey we need to remind ourselves of who we really are. And thats who I really am. I try a lot of different things. I learn them until I am good at them and then I move on to the next. I accept that it's who I am. 

Some times we need to tell ourselves that we are good. And if we can do that, its really great.

I found these lines of wisdom below on Pinterest and I thought that it pretty much sums up how I try and live my life, almost word for word. I shared it with The Sisterhood and on the Sophie Slim facebook page.

Its been going over and over in my mind for the last day, not because its a new thought to me but because it reaffirms an old one. All I'm trying to do in this life is to do what I love. If we do that, we'll be really good at it. And the world needs more people doing good, whatever that may be.

I wonder, do great people know that they are great? Or do they struggle with the same insecurities the rest of us do?


  1. I think that the hardest thing is that there will always be someone better than you, so you need to set the line where what you do changes from good to great.

    I have always labelled myself a jack of all trades but master of none because I see myself as good at so many things but great at nothing.

    It needs to be about setting personal goals based on your abilities as well as noting where others are achieving as to where that line should be set for you personally.
    Thanks Soph!

  2. :)


  4. I don't know if you've seen this before, but I'm gonna post it anyway: Elizabeth Gilbert talked about "nurturing her genius" on TED Talks.

    In my opinion, she is a truly talented writer (have you read her piece in GQ that later was made into a movie Coyote Ugly?) and I found it liberating to hear how she thinks about her craft. She doesn't speak about good vs great, but she does speak about "having the sheer love and stubbornness" to go do things anyway, whether they turn out great or not.

    It linked into what you were writing about - or it did in my head anyway.


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