I'm not sure where I first found this poem but I clipped it and I keep it posted to a bulletin board in my office. Ever few weeks I re-read it. It helps keep me motivated to strive beyond being "Pretty Good" at things. For most people being pretty good is good enough. Imagine if Dwight Eisenhower just had a "pretty good" plan for landing at Normandy. Pretty Good By Charles Osgood There once was a pretty good student. Who sat in a pretty good class And was taught by a pretty good teacher. Who always let pretty good pass. He wasn’t terrific at reading; He wasn’t a whiz-bang at math; But for him education was leading Straight down a pretty good path. He didn’t find school too exciting, But he wanted to do pretty well. And he did have some trouble with writing, And nobody had taught him to spell. When doing arithmetic problems, Pretty good was regarded as fine; Five and five needn’t always add up to be ten. A pretty good answer was nine. The pretty good student was happy With the standards that were in effect. And nobody thought it was sappy If his answers were not quite correct. The pretty good class that he sat in Was part of a pretty good school. And the student was not an exception; On the contrary, he was the rule. The pretty good school that he went to Was right there in a pretty good town. And nobody there ever noticed He could not tell a verb from a noun. The pretty good student, in fact, was A part of a pretty good mob, And the first time he knew what he lacked was When he looked for a pretty good job. It was then, when he sought a position, He discovered that life can be tough, And he soon had a sneaky suspicion Pretty good might not be good enough. The pretty good town in our story Was part of a pretty good state Which had pretty good aspirations and prayed for a pretty good fate. There was once a pretty good nation. Pretty proud of the greatness it had. But which learned much too late. If you want to be great, Pretty good is, in fact, pretty bad. Charles Osgood, CBS News from “The Osgood Files”, © 1986, CBS Inc.