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The enemy of good is better

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Ryan's post about negative thinking reminded me of a saying in the plastic surgery biz: The enemy of good is better. Of course, this means that a patient with perfectly good loooks can actually end up worse looking after the surgery to achieve a better appearance. Sometimes the best course is to settle for good and leave better alone.

This is echoed in an instructor's retelling of his first hiring clinic, when he rode the chair lift with the SSD, who told him, "You know, if you take this job, you'll never be happy with your skiing again."

What do you think? Is there any crossover between plastic surgery and ski instruction?
post #2 of 13
Sharp edges?
post #3 of 13
Yeah, I agree with the SSD. I am never happy with my skiing. There is always the need to improve.
post #4 of 13
I "realized" a long time ago, about the time I turned 40 (and that WAS a long time ago) that I wasn't going to get any better as an athlete or skier. So I quit worrying about it and just started skiing for fun (when I'm just skiing, not teaching). Part of the "fun" was accomplishment, and the result is that my skiing has improved virtually every season since then except the one I spent in a cast.

I agree that working on improving your skiing can make you feel disappointed in your skiing IF YOU LET IT.
post #5 of 13

I ski well and get great enjoyment from that. If I learn to ski better then I will get even more enjoyment from my time on skis. If something that I am trying doesn't work out then I can still enjoy skiing at the old level and look for something else to add to increase my enjoyment. In this respect it is very different from plastic surgery where i am stuck with the results and can't go back to the way it was. So I'll try just about anything that is suggested and evaluate the outcome. So in this respect I don't see better as the enemy of good in fact I probably see it as the partner of good.


I ski for fun even when I'm teaching. If I don't have fun then it's pretty hard to help my student have fun. Even if i get a student like Miles who wants drills and exercises geared to specific changes in movements I will be choosing those drills and exercises that are the most fun to do that will accomplish the task. I suspect that you do this also since most instructors who don't have fun in their lessons don't teach for too long.

post #6 of 13
Students with plastic surgery = bigger ti...
edit: oops, I meant TIPS.
post #7 of 13
while I agree with what you say, Nolo, I'd point out that there is a big difference between skiing better, and enjoying it more. While I may be a good skier, who wants to be a better one, I would be content with being at the same level but being less stressed, more relaxed, and laughing/smiling more.

Actually, no, right now, I want to ski better! But I would like to enjoy more as well.

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

I do know this. Proficiency goes hand in hand with frequency. That suggests that the proficient like skiing more than the not so proficient. Does this mean they are having more fun?

Seems like a no brainer to me.
post #9 of 13
Your Highness' post brings back a memory - which for me, is not easily done.

A few years ago, I met up with an old friend. When I saw her, I'm like, "Mary, you look great!"

And she's like, "F'in A right, SCSA. And no surgery either!"

Other than that, skiing and plastic surgery? Oh man, I gotta get back to work.


[ September 12, 2002, 05:32 PM: Message edited by: SCSA ]
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
The enemy of good is better could apply to many things. Like software upgrades from Microsoft...New Coke...A new romance...Ski areas.

Then there's Tiger Woods, who was willing to lose several months of competitiveness to improve his swing (a while back). It was good enough to beat the entire PGA much of the time, but it wasn't good enough for him. Now he's back beating the entire PGA much of the time. Maybe Ski&Golf could point out the difference.

Maybe the enemy of better is that you get worse for a while?

I think Tiger's willingness to fail is what makes him a great athlete.
post #11 of 13

Tiger is an interesting study.

The "average" player on the PGA Tour lives in a world of skill and ability most of us can't begin to understand. Within the 125 exempt players the difference between winning and losing is not as much their swings but the 6 inches between their ears.

Tiger set a goal for himself that transcends just winning. He wants, desires, needs and, barring injury, will be the greatest player of all time. To achieve that goal he took a long, hard look at the mechanics of his game (which is far superior to 99.99999% of those on tour) and identified those "weaknesses" that would occassionally rear up to cost him, then developed a plan and went after tightening those aspects of his game.

Tiger also has the mental strength that when it's show time, he can open and dish out a can of "Whup Ass". He showed this in the PGA went he threw up a string of birdies to finish and put the pressure on Rich Beem. How many of us posess that mental fortitude-be it skiing, business or whatever.

Probably the best way to say it is that Tiger is not afraid to be great. But he knows he can always be better, and isn't afraid to do whatever it takes to get there.

Sometimes ESPN does these fantasy football games of teams from different eras playing. God would it be cool to see Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger go at it in their primes-what a battle of the will to win that would be!!!
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
"Tiger is not afraid to be great."

I'm pretty stunned by that summary statement, S&G. Kudos.
post #13 of 13
[quote]Originally posted by Ski&Golf:
Probably the best way to say it is that Tiger is not afraid to be great. QUOTE]

There have been several studies looking at individuals that start a business and while they appear to have equal talent and funding some fail and others succeed. Taking out luck, which does play a role many times, the final conclusion for some those that failed has been tagged “A Fear of Success Syndrome”. While this seems kind of crazy since obviously people do not go into business to fail I can personally tell you the syndrome is real. I went through it twenty-five years ago and I am not sure had my situation not been so bizarre, I had forty employees in six months and the mangers to go with them -now there is the real key- I may have never made it through the first year or two.
So yes I really believe Tiger does not have the fear to succeed and yes if he had failed his Dad would have wupped him. I have inside knowledge of that one!

Have a GREAT day and succeed in your dream! [img]smile.gif[/img]

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