In response to the posts relating to, “A Reader Shares… Sunday Advice (2/7/10),” a reader writes:

“If I’m ever referred to as ‘ a good principal ‘ – shoot me…”

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Hold on there, cowgirl. There is nothing wrong with being a good principal. There are even times when being a “not bad” principal is a huge win. Nobody wakes up and is great everyday. In fact there were times when the only goal I had for a given day was to do everything possible to just “suck a little less than yesterday.” The key is to realize that if you are going to be in the hunt for “great,” you have to grind it out everyday. And the most important days are the ones when you know that you and your team are not at their best.

Great emerges when the stakes are the highest. Without a great adversary or great challenge, who can say where you actually rank. And the truth of the matter is that the stakes aren’t high everyday. Joe Namith wasn’t considered a great quarterback until he beat the Colts in Super Bowl III. And after that game, he was never as great again.

So today I’ll save my bullets and close with Dr. Shirley Neeley’s ‘go-to’ advice, “Never rest, until your bad is good, your good is better, and your better is best.”

Think. Work. Achieve.

Your turn…

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