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Not Good Enough

The phrase 'not good enough' can devastate, or it can motivate. Mark Tully interprets the doom-laden words that have crushed some ambition, and led to the fulfilment of others.

The phrase "Not Good Enough" can devastate, or it can motivate. Mark Tully interprets the doom-laden words that have crushed some ambitions, and led to the fulfillment of others.

Paradoxically, in conversation with Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, Mark also hears about the damage that can be done by too much praise, even if we are good enough. She identifies the fixed mindset that can occur when our self-esteem is based on the fragile notion that we are cleverer than most, preventing us from taking risks that might prove otherwise and challenge our sense of worth.

For her, and for Mark Tully, the best advice seems to be that we should compete against ourselves to reach our full potential, instead of comparing ourselves to others, or listening to those who tell us we are "Not Good Enough."

A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

30 minutes

Music Played

  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13, IV. Allegro con fuoco

    Performer: St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariss Jansons.
    • Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1: Isle of the Dead.
  • Isaac Albéniz


    Performer: John Williams.
    • The Art of Segovia.
  • Jones/Bell

    Born Under a bad sign

    Performer: Big Mama Thornton.
    • Born Under A Bad Sign.
  • Alma Mahler

    Bei dir ist es traut

    Performer: Isabel Lippitz – Soprano, Barbara Heller (1936) - Piano.
    • Alma Mahler-Werfel: Lieder - Lippitz / Heller.
  • Léo Delibes

    Bell Song

    Performer: Florence Foster Jenkins.
    • The Glory of the Human Voice.
  • Gaetano Donizetti

    Era desso il figlio mio

    Performer: Renee Fleming – Soprano, Orchestra of St Lukes, Coro Del Maggio Fiorentino.
    • Bel Canto.
  • Hildegard von Bingen

    Nunc aperuit nobis

    Performer: Sequentia Ensemble for medieval music.
    • Canticles of Ecstasy.


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