Essay

Good - Great

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for the great .”

Steve Prefontaine

After speaking with our interviewees about how important it is to get out of your comfort zone, we came across this quote from middle- and long-distance runner Steve “Pre” Prefontaine. Steve held many American records in different distance tracks and was famous for his determined and focused running style.

Prefontaine was one of those guys who didn’t pace his running. Whereas a lot of his competitors started slow in order to get faster in the last laps, Steve started running at full strength, so that everyone else would fall behind. This method required not only a lot of leg strength, but also the will to be in front from the very beginning – and to stay there. Prefontaine had his eyes on the prize, and he made sure to get it before anyone else had the chance. He literally made a run for it.

Of course, you could say that this is a very aggressive running style, but what about the people running after him? All the other runners were content with staying behind to save their strength for the end of the race. You could say they were in it for a good race, not a great one. It requires strategy to make a race, but it requires passion to actually win it.

We can stay in our comfort zones until it is safe or wise to run for it, but succeeding sometimes requires us to move ahead immediately.

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