Is good enough really *good enough*?
James E Lade (jlade@JUNO.COM)
Tue, 8 Apr 1997 14:53:24 EDT
Now I know it's typical for a new user to sit and vegitate and read
messages from this listserv before posting, but I do have one irking
question to ask the masses.
I hope this is just a local problem. I have noticed that with new
Eagle scouts, a majority of those who have gone before their Eagle Board
of Review, at the council level, many have just met the basic
requirements, and it's usually in regards to the number of merit badges.
It appears that for our council (West Central Florida), there are those
Eagles that just do enough to get by, and then there are those Eagles who
go beyond the minimum requirements.
So now I must ask why this is. I personally like to see people who
go above and beyond the minimum requirements, because that tells me that
this person is not interested in "just getting by". Maybe it's a work
ethic that causes some to just coast by while others try to exceed the
In this world, is just getting by good enough? Do employers look at
applicants who have just done enough to get by, or do they look at those
who go above and beyond what is required?
Certainly for college, a "C" is considered "good enough", since many
require a 2.0 to graduate. Although this may be good enough for the
college, I have noticed that this is not good enough for employers,
especially in professional business, computer, or engineering companies
(medical offices, too). My mother works at Florida Power, which supplies
power for good portion of Pinellas county in Florida. She told me that
employers look at college grades overall, and college grades within the
applicant's selected major.
It appears that we now have a double-standard here. Good enough is
only good enough to actually graduate from college, yet it is not good
enough to gain employment in a competitive field.
Does this happen in other councils, or this just for this council?
Certainly Eagle Scouts are not satisfied with just doing enough to get
by, right? This isn't a sign of our youth becoming lazy, is it?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City