For the last few weeks, I have said the phrase “Good enough for government work” when it came to hand held radios that we have and use at my job. I have known this phrase because it was introduced to me by my English teacher in my early high school days. The phrase insinuates that doing the bare minimum is ok to get by. But the more and more I thought of it, I realized that although it’s a phrase to poke fun of our government, we shouldn’t apply the phrase’s work ethic and demeanor to our lives.Now, what needs to be brought to everyone’s attention is the work ethic and mind set of us, the American people. This phrase, which again refers to the idea that mediocrity is ok when it comes to your effort, has set us up for not achieving our highest potential because we settled on ‘good enough’. As a result, our education system is falling when it comes to preparing the younger generations for being ready to work and earn good jobs. According to the ibtimes.com back in November 2012, the U.S. is ranked 17th in education while Finland is ranked number 1 (http://www.ibtimes.com/us-17th-global-education-ranking-finland-south-korea-claim-top-spots-901538). Although I have no real solution that would help the U.S. jump rankings, I do know that we need to motivate the students in the public schools (as well as private schools and home schooling) to do their best. And by doing their best, I mean they need to give it 110%. We are the United States of America. We have been through several hard times in our 238 year history as a nation. Our ancestors never settled on good enough and worked their tails off to give their children and future generations a better opportunity at a better life. And because of their hard work, our country got to where it has been. When it comes to our children learning and attending school, to all the workers and businesses doing what they do, we, the people, shouldn’t settle on mediocrity on anything we do, period. Now, back to the origin of the phrase. If this phrase (http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/Good+Enough+for+Government+Work) was meant to give a back handed compliment to our local, state and/or federal government in terms of the work they do, isn’t it time to expect more from them? Isn’t it time to let them know that we expect them to put in 110% effort to ensure our country’s success and well being not just for now, but for the future? And those are my thoughts. Thank you for taking time out of your day to read my thoughts on such matter.
Raising the bar on the phrase “Good enough”