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Good Enough

June 3, 2020 · 2 min read

Steve Jobs famously said

Good enough isn’t good enough

Despite being famous I’m not sure he actually said this.

It’s a popular idea but I consider it harmful.

Sometimes we should strive for excellence, but by no means always.



January 28, 2019 · 3 min read

Risk is an odd thing - we often think we must avoid it at all costs and yet we never can - all we do is choose which risk to take.

I love this in the introduction to British Canoeing’s safety guidance.

Respect and admiration is due to those who, knowing their sport and their abilities, push back the frontiers of feasibility by tackling ever harder grades of water; or choose to explore in wild and lonely places; or undertake solo paddling be it in one of these contexts, or simply to find their own level of self-fulfilment.

We do not agree with those who regard the occasional inevitable loss of life in these circumstances as disastrous for the sport. Nor that those who choose these outlets – knowing what they are at – are acting in an irresponsible manner. Far from it. They are keeping alive, in fact they are furthering, the essential spirit in mankind to advance against the elements.