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When your best isn't enough

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Sometimes your best is not good enough.

You decide

Suppose you have a brain tumor that surrounds your optic nerve and the tumor must be removed or you will die. However, removing the tumor may cause you permanent blindness if it is not done correctly. You consult three surgeons, all with good success records in this type of operation.

Each surgeon tells you what he or she plans to do in the surgery:

  • Surgeon 1 says he will try his best to remove the entire tumor and not harm your sight. Remember trying your best is not a virtue. 
  • Surgeon 2 says she will do her best to remove the entire tumor and not harm your sight. What if her best is not good enough?
  • Surgeon 3 says she will remove the entire tumor and not harm your sight. She is confident she can perform the surgery successfully.
Which surgeon would you choose?

What's important is not whether you try your best, or whether you do your best, but whether what you do IS THE BEST!

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