Thursday, May 10, 2007

What to do with perfection

Perfection is a strange thing. It is the thing many people try to accomplish. It is the thing some people despair over for not accomplishing. It is the standard some people hold over others in order to have power over them. Perfection is an unusual and powerful thing.

Perfection is problematic when it is used as the destination point. When success is marked by perfection, then failure is certain and frequent. Perfection must not be a location.

Rather, pefection should be a compass. It should be the thing that guides you toward becoming something better, in a direction truer than others. The measure of success should be like going north rather than arriving at north.

There is no need to beat yourself up (or anyone else) for not arrving at perfection. Instead, spend energy on moving in its direction.

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