I happen to love him. Not for his meanness – he could be nicer. But for his blunt honesty. While he is often rude and harsh, he tells it like it is. Simon is not there to inspire people to achieve their dreams. He is there to run a business and to find talent.
That may sound harsh, but it is what it is. Music labels are in the business to make money. They nurture as much as they need to to make money.
Simon is not looking for good singers. He is looking for one great talent – someone who can sing, who looks great, who has a fantastic personality/image. The bottom line is this: excellence wins (and sells).
I know plenty of you are American Idol fans, like my wife and two teenage daughters. But for me personally, I have a hard time watching it (especially at the beginning of the season during the tryouts when the word excellence isn’t even in the grab bag of words to use to describe what you’re watching). However, earlier this evening, as I was walking by the family room (where my daughters were watching) I overheard Simon say something incredibly profound to one of the contestants. He said, “That was good. But if you want to win, you have to realize that good is not enough. You’ve got to be GREAT!“. I couldn’t have put it better.
That same line is true of everything we do. If you or I want to win at a relationship (parental or spousal or other), you and I have got to be GREAT! Good is not enough. If your company wants to win, it’s got to be GREAT! Good is not enough. If your church wants to win, it’s got to be GREAT! Good is not enough. If you want to win as an employee (or employer), you’ve got to be GREAT! Good is not enough. If you or I want to win at anything, we’ve got to realize that good is not enough. We’ve got to be GREAT!
So… are you content to be good at what you do, or do you want to be GREAT?
HT: Bruce. D Johnson