Re: Is good enough really *good enough*?
Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@ROCOCO.COLORADO.EDU)
Tue, 8 Apr 1997 23:24:04 MDT
> From: James E Lade <jlade@JUNO.COM>
> 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?
> (stuff on college grades deleted)
> 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?
Some of this depends upon how you draw your standards. I don't think
that getting Eagle (even just by barely meeting the requirements) can
be related to getting a C in college. Instead, I would perhaps
compare it to getting the A in college. Some people in getting the A
will work to make sure that they are the top person in the class, and
get as close to 100% on everything. Others will do just enough to
make sure they will get that A. There are good and bad points to each
method. The latter can sometimes be caused by lazyness, but at other
times it is a result of time and priority management (I've got so many
things to do that I can't afford the time to be at the top of every
class, but I want to at least make sure I'm getting all A's). The
former can be an example of a well-organized person that learns a lot,
or it can be a person who is so driven by the grade that they never
actually take the time to really learn and internalize the knowledge.
I have tended to lean more towards just making sure I was doing enough
to get the A and not worrying too much beyond that. There were always
other things I could find to do. Sometimes I did wind up at the top,
but it didn't really matter to me. Sometimes I wound up falling
short, and that annoyed me but I got over it. :)
To actually address your question directly, I think we need to look at
the whole of a person's life before we cricize them for just doing
enough to pass. It may very well be that they are just trying to make
the best use they can of the time they have. And a scout is Thrifty!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City