Not Good Enough Quotes

We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Not Good Enough Quotes from Rachel Platten, J. Cole, Shawn Colvin, Ezra Furman, Stan Wawrinka. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.

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My biggest fear is that I’m not good enough. I have this voice in my head that I’ve been battling for years that says, ‘You’re not really talented enough. You don’t really deserve this.’
Rachel Platten
I put a lot of pressure on myself. I think something’s not good enough, and I won’t stop until I feel like I’ve made it. I’m never satisfied.
J. Cole
With my songs, the question is always, ‘Can you pull it off live, alone on just an acoustic guitar?’ That’s the litmus test. If I can, then it’s a song I ought to record. If I can’t, it’s probably not good enough.
Shawn Colvin
I write good songs out of fear… fear of failure. Because if they’re not good enough, you feel yourself starting to fall.
Ezra Furman
I never expected to win a Grand Slam because, for me, I was not good enough to beat those guys.
Stan Wawrinka
I do believe I’m not good enough to be a professional dancer. I believe that in my heart.
Michael Waltrip
I am pleased I went from fourth back into a medal position, but bronze is not good enough for me.
Greg Rutherford
Over a long time, I’ve honestly had enough of people saying Arsenal’s defence is not good enough.
Wojciech Szczesny
The purely agitation attitude is not good enough for a detailed consideration of a subject.
Michael Korda
When you are a young actor, you’re imbued with the high purpose of your art. You think, ‘They hire me for my talent; if that’s not good enough, then they can hire somebody else.’ Later, you realize that your body is as much a part of what you do as your talent.
Charlton Heston
There comes a time when coming off the bench just doesn’t cut it anymore, it’s not enough time and it’s not good enough.
Steve Nicol
Growing up in a system that tells you just because of your skin colour you are not good enough – you learn at a very young age to toughen up.
Motsi Mabuse
I feel a kinship with anyone who feels that their road, their life or who they really are is not good enough. I really relate to that.
Baz Luhrmann
If your mom asks you to do the dishes, do not pull out your pirate attitude. But if someone tells you you’re not good enough, says your dreams are too lofty, or claims there is no room in showbiz for a dancing violinist – well then, by all means, pull out your eye patch, my friend, and take to the high seas.
Lindsey Stirling
We’re all different, so even though someone is getting a skill before you, it doesn’t mean that you’re not good enough; it just means you have to wait a little bit, and the skill will come when it comes.
Laurie Hernandez
I don’t mind someone saying I’m not good enough. It hurts more when someone says you’re faking an injury.
Luol Deng
My children have never watched any of my films. Charlie knows that daddy makes movies, but he says they are not good enough for him to watch.
Russell Crowe
Every opportunity that comes your way, you can’t take lightly. You have to take it very, very seriously, because the opportunities are limited. If you want to keep working, you can’t be such an elitist, to say no, that’s not good enough, not big enough, not smart enough, whatever.
Chris Klein
Women need to make sure they know what they’re talking about. You can’t just plant yourself in front of a camera and be pretty because that’s just not good enough. It’s just not a respectable way about building one’s career – in sports or anywhere on TV.
Michelle Beadle
We are obsessed in England with the idea that we’re not good enough at retaining the ball, and that our players treat it like a hot potato.
Jermaine Jenas
I go to sleep every single night thinking I’m not good enough. I really do. I don’t know if that’s healthy or not. But I really do have a fear of not being good, and I don’t like that.
Diana Taurasi
I’m trying to get every experience possible in a studio environment, because I want to be comfortable there. There are people that I dream of working with, and I don’t want to walk into that situation feeling like I’m not good enough.
Amber Mark
You have to hit the ground running at West Ham. If you don’t, suddenly from the fans it’s, ‘You’re not good enough to play for our football club.’
Mark Noble
If something is not good enough, stop doing it.
Jonathan Ive
All I can tell you really is if you get to the point where someone is telling you that you are not great or not good enough, just follow your heart and don’t let anybody crush your dream.
Patti LaBelle
We’re in a situation where the solutions that we have are not good enough. The way to improve anything is to have a discussion about its flaws. To understand what the one or two or three things are about it that would help fix it. The DMCA makes it dangerous to have that conversation.
Edward Felten
I don’t even know why I’m saying this in an interview situation, but I always feel like I’m not good enough for some reason. I wish that wasn’t the case, but left to my own devices, that voice starts speaking up.
Trent Reznor
To be let go from a soap opera is the most embarrassing confidence basher in the world. It’s like, ‘Oh, if I’m not good enough for that, I’m not good enough for anything.’
Cam Gigandet
When it comes to United, if you don’t win everything, it’s not good enough.
David de Gea
If I’m not the best D-lineman, it’s not good enough for me.
Myles Garrett
Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person?
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
If a customer walks out without shoes, you really want to find out why. ‘It didn’t fit’ is not good enough.
Thomas G. Stemberg
I don’t understand the lack of respect for amazing players when people say they are not good enough for me.
Pep Guardiola
Being in Los Angeles is this brutal awakening, where I feel not good enough as soon as I walk into a room, and I’m wearing the wrong thing, or I don’t have enough make up on. It’s all about image.
Mary Lambert
It just seems to be a human trait to want to protect the speech of people with whom we agree. For the First Amendment, that is not good enough. So it is really important that we protect First Amendment rights of people no matter what side of the line they are on.
Floyd Abrams
The Olympic stadium may have been built only in the early 1970s but it was clear for a long time it had no future. For many reasons it is not good enough for modern football and today’s fans.
Franz Beckenbauer
I grew up with sports, but I was definitely not good enough to become a professional athlete – I just loved the storytelling aspect of it.
Molly Qerim
Every day I receive messages that I’m not good enough, that I should lose my job.
Jess Phillips
I know it wouldn’t seem like I’ve had a lot of failure in my career, but there are things that I regard as failures, when I look at certain performances and go, ‘That’s not good enough.’
Daniel Radcliffe
Everybody walks around talking about, ‘Sam Allardyce’s style is not good enough, he doesn’t play the right way’ and so on and so forth and it is a massive problem for me. People believe it. You believe the false lies, the false implications. Football does that – it believes that lie sometimes.
Sam Allardyce
The real world doesn’t tell you that you were unbelievable after every match. A lot of times they are people that criticise you telling that you are not good enough. That’s just football. You have to be able to take it with a smile, and analyse it truthfully, and use it as motivation.
Bruno Fernandes
I had a coach when I was getting recruited say maybe you should play basketball at a Division III level, because you’re not good enough to play football in college.
Adam Thielen
It’s not good enough just to hold your head high because you’re one of the highest-paid players in the NHL. It’s not good enough to be one of the most popular guys in the NHL or to have a social media following. What are you trying to accomplish?
P.K. Subban
I was trying to get an audition for ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ and they wouldn’t see me. And I was crestfallen, because I really needed money. And to be told you’re not good enough to be seen by ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ is a tough blow.
Adam Scott
I do feel that over the years from watching programmes that tell people ‘you’re not good enough,’ I just don’t like it.
Ainsley Harriott
I never take ideas from the headlines. I feel that if a story is good enough, a real story that is, then it’s already been covered by the media, and if it’s not good enough, why would I want to bother with it?
Evan Hunter
It is not good enough for things to be planned – they still have to be done; for the intention to become a reality, energy has to be launched into operation.
Walt Kelly
Shame is the most powerful, master emotion. It’s the fear that we’re not good enough.
Brene Brown
Every day we do get closer to a cure. Three out of four children who are diagnosed with cancer will survive the disease, but that is not good enough. The loss of one child to this disease is too much.
Michael McCaul
I don’t want people to say, ‘So, what do you think about that Cher?’ and for them to reply, ‘She’s okay.’ Okay is not good enough. I want them to either love me or to completely despise me – I mean, call me all the names under the sun. I love it.
Cher Lloyd
It’s not good enough to give it tender, loving care, to supply it with breakfast foods, to buy it expensive educations. Those things don’t mean anything unless this generation has a future. And we’re not sure that it does.
George Wald
Good is not good enough at United.
Memphis Depay
Two hundred channel choices in most homes certainly gives you the world of choice. And so slicing it, dicing it, and offering someone their favorite thing – by the way, if it’s not good enough, make it yourself and post it.
Warren Littlefield
When I was growing up, I wasn’t particularly great at anything. I was in my own world, and my teachers felt I’d never reach my potential. Even in sports, I’d only play team games because I felt I was not good enough to outshine anyone.
Dulquer Salmaan
The worst thing about that kind of prejudice… is that while you feel hurt and angry and all the rest of it, it feeds you self-doubt. You start thinking, perhaps I am not good enough.
Nina Simone
There’s something to be said about just being vulnerable. Every woman has gone through something in her life that has been an image issue, or it has been something where somebody told her she’s not good enough. And every woman can relate to that.
Ashley Graham
When I look back, my journey isn’t about a small-town kid from Hazleton traveling around the country, but about the years I put in to get to this place in my life. Playing and finding out you’re not good enough, managing in the minors, working in player development, coaching and learning from the best minds in baseball.
Joe Maddon
I don’t think Flo Rida gets on just any song. If you look at the songs he has done – even The Saturdays one – was a hit. If it’s not good enough, then he won’t do it.
Olly Murs
I felt like the sample size was right, and my body was wrong. I basically ended up going into battle with my body, and that’s a daily battle every time you look in the mirror. Every time you see an image of a successful model or someone who you look up to who doesn’t look like you, you think you’re not good enough.
Iskra Lawrence
Growing up in the entertainment industry, I’ve had a lot of people tell me I’m not good enough.
Renee Olstead
We shouldn’t be afraid to fail- if we are not failing we are not pushing. 80% of the stuff in the studio is not going to work. If something is not good enough, stop doing it.
Jonathan Ive
Every time I looked in the mirror, it was like, ‘You’re not good enough.’ ‘There’s always someone more popular.’ ‘There’s always someone more gifted in music.’
Brian Welch
It’s my music. If it’s not good enough, then that’s how it will be.
Conchita Wurst
And above all things, never think that you’re not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you at your own reckoning.
Isaac Asimov
I love when people doubt me. I love when people don’t think that I’m good enough to play at a certain level, not good enough to be a starter, things like that. That’s the stuff that drives me.
Adam Thielen
I couldn’t do rap. I was trying. I don’t know how. I’m not good enough to know.
Dee Dee Ramone
I understand that feeling of insecurity, like you’re not good enough as you are, and you need to change.
Shannon Purser
I’ve always felt very insecure being around in-laws, even my siblings – like the guy who made a bad decision, or the guy who would never just fess up that I’m not good enough to make it, or I don’t have what it takes.
Walker Hayes
I’m not good enough to be playin’ much acoustic guitar onstage. Man, you gotta get so right; I mean, the tones, the feel, the sound. Plus, acoustic blues guitar is just that much harder on the fingers.
Johnny Winter
I remember going to audition in Toronto for a girl group. I was 15 or 16. I went in with my guitar. I had the wickedest nerves, man! I was decent, but not good enough.
Jessie Reyez
Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not good enough. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re too short, you’re too fat, you’re too thin, you’re too ugly – that’s nonsense.
Bradley Walsh
Never think that you’re not good enough. A man should never think that. People will take you very much at your own reckoning.
Anthony Trollope
There are a lot of people who give you the message that maybe you are not good enough, and the best thing you can do for yourself is to block out all of that noise.
Rachel Platten
I was told, ‘You are not beautiful and glamorous enough,’ ‘Oh no, you’re too serious an actor…’ ‘You’re not good enough an actor,’ ‘You are not so and so’s daughter.’ I was even told, ‘You are not a big, marketable name.’
Taapsee Pannu
I’m not good enough to write about my friends, who are all brilliant and sophisticated.
Nick McDonell