Good, Not Perfect

Still trying to figure out….it’s not hard, it’s just hard to find the time to sit and play. Has anyone used for blogs with elementary students? If so, tell me about it!

In the January 2007 American Libraries (nice format change, AL) there is an interesting article by Stephen Abram called “20 tips to inspire innovation.” This list of 20 things is perfect to think about and reflect on for the new year. So, that’s what I intend to do here for the next 20 days.

1. Good, Not Perfect

The first thing I thought of when I read the title of this tip was of a book Marty and I are reading Good to Great. The book is for small business (or large business) and gives examples of things companies do to make them GREAT instead of just GOOD. So, when I saw “good, not perfect,” right away I thought that perhaps this would be conflicting with the book I am reading. Not so.

Tip one states “perfection as an attitude gets in the way” of (my thoughts here) growth. When you strive for so much perfection and aren’t happy until something is perfect, you will never be happy! Abram says that when libraries were just houses of print books, maybe then it was possible to be perfect. You had one thing and you became “perfect” with everything having to do with that one thing. Now, we are doing and are houses of…everything. In my elementary school library I have magazines, DVDs, VHS tapes, professional books, books for students, books for only teachers, books for only myself, back issues of professional journals, computers, cords, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, video cameras, old equipment, broken equipment, plans for new equipment I want to buy–I am talking EVERYTHING! I cannot strive for perfection when it comes to how organized my workroom is or that everything is included in inventory the moment it arrives/before a teacher wants to use it. If I strive for “good enough” and realize when a plan is “good enough,” I should feel okay with that.

What can I get from Tip 1 to make my life better? I need to realize that I am doing the best I can. Our equipment is in inventory; magazines for students and teachers are organized and my assistant and I know where to find what teachers need if they don’t know how to find it; yes, we have lots of DVDs, VHS tapes, etc. and yes, we know what we have and again, we know how to locate what teachers need. I feel that in areas where I have decided I can be “perfect,” I am NOT perfect, but THAT’S OKAY. I have certainly reached a point where “good enough is good enough.” And, I am happy with that.


About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
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