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What Is the Difference Between “Doing Well” and “Doing Good”?

By Michele Suchill, age 11, California


Many people dream about being rich and something important. They think they are doing well, but are they doing good? There’s a difference between doing well and doing good. Many people didn’t know because they thought that they had the same meaning. Below are a few examples.

First of all, “doing well” means being successful but not yet reaching your goal. “Doing good” means you’re significant, you do what’s important, you’re making a difference in yourself, and you’re trying to do what we know is right.

For instance, Maibon from “The Stone”—Maibon wanted a stone that would make him stay young forever. But once he got home, his wife wasn’t happy with him because she said that instead of grabbing something useful for them or the kids, he got a stone. The stone started affecting everything around them, so then he had to get rid of the stone.

Scrooge from “The Christmas Carol”—they described him as a heartless old man. At the beginning, he was talking bad to people, and he was mean and rude. But at the end, he was nice; he learned his lesson because of the ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

Another character is Gombei from “Gombei and the Wild Ducks.” Gombei wanted to trap 100 ducks so that he could rest for the rest of his days, but he only caught 99 because the last one was the clumsy one. So then he turned into a duck. And that’s how he learned his lesson, and so he decided to be a farmer and to not catch ducks anymore.

Another character that almost everyone might know is the Beast from “Beauty and the Beast.” The Beast was rude to the witch and Belle at the beginning. But at the end he was nice and caring, and he turned back into a very handsome prince.

This was how these characters changed. Whom would you rather be: Maibon, Scrooge, or Gombei? And if you choose, would you rather be that character at the beginning or at the end?