“Big does not equal great and great does not equal big.” – Bo Burlingham
There’s a common misconception that greatness is proportional to size. But this statement couldn’t be further from the truth…history has proven this. Entrepreneurs, managers and leaders often fall prey to this “growth trap.” After all…growth sounds enticing. Who doesn’t want to be BIG?
But at the expense of being great? Definitely not worth it! Perhaps we should think about it like this…“First, we must be best…then, we will be first.”
The mantra of growth for growth’s sake often distracts from one’s core purpose and leads to a dilution of passion. “Why,” you say? Well, getting big requires a lot of work. It requires you to do things that you probably are very good at although not the best at. Things that you’re competent in but that you lack a passion for. Tasks that lead to a profit albeit being devoid of a purpose.
Reject the growth mantra, live audaciously and strive for greatness. After all, nobody remembers mediocrity…even despite how large it may have been.
By Micah Davis