A thought came to my mind this morning.  It was in relation to a “Get-Going Groove of the day” post I made about Jaco Pastorius.

“Are you good or are you damn good?”

He was a troubled musician that had a talent that was second to none. He changed the world of music.  He changed electric bass.

He completely altered jazz for ever because he was DAMN good. He embodied unmatched creative innovation. (All before the age of 35.)

Take a look / listen here (from the early 1980’s & well worth the 9:41):
(Facebookers and feed readers, click on this link to see the video.)

Because of his amazing talent and passion for his trade/art, he was able to move mountains – just look at some of the “shout outs” in his bio.

But he was troubled.  An addict.  A broken soul…  And he was taken from us too soon.

So, what’s the connection?

Jaco Pastorius’ track helped me realize there is a difference between just being good and being DAMN good.

If you’ve ever asked yourself any of the following questions:

“Is there more?  What kind of impact will I have?  What legacy will I leave for my children – the world?”

you may want to ask yourself…

Are you good or are you DAMN good?

When I say DAMN good, I mean do you simply do what is expected or do you innovate?

Do you clock in and do your work to get from point A to point B?  Or do you utilize your talent, your passion, to change the perspective of those around you?  Do you make the world better for yourself – for others?

Jaco Pastorius, through the pain, loneliness and mind-numbing distortion of addiction, left the world a better place.  He took the one thing that seemed to make him happy and worked it to its pinnacle, a mark to which the rest of the music world would measure themselves against.


This leads to a few final questions:

“How can you take your current situation and become more like Jaco Pastorius?  How can you take your passion to a level that further defines you, your career and solidifies your future?”

Food for thought.

Keep Cooking (innovation over stagnation)!
Andrew B. Clark
The Brand Chef

  1. Great idea Andrew! I am Damn good at a few things, but not everything. Today is day 1 at working to make sure I am Damn good at everything I do. Thanks for the insipration!

    • My goal is to foster better branding – whether it’s personal or business… If my posts help inspire you to improve your personal brand, then job done! 🙂

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

      Keep Cooking!
      Andrew B. Clark
      The Brand Chef

  2. Andrew —

    The problem with good is that it often leads to mediocrity. People that are good don’t work at it. They are satisfied with “good enough.”

    “Damn Good” requires effort, energy and determination. People that aspire to damn good never quit. They are constantly asking themselves, “How can I be even better?”

    • EXACTYLY, Tammy!

      Form one that knows “Damn Good,” I really appreciate YOUR insight. Aim is the underlying theme, isn’t it? Do companies / individuals aim to be good or do they strive to be Damn Good?

      Thanks so much for stopping by the kitchen!

      Keep Cooking!
      Andrew B. Clark
      The Brand Chef