Chapter 25

You Don’t Have To Be Perfect

“A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault.”
-- John Henry Newman

Perfectionism is the tendency to set unrealistically high standards for yourself.

Very little in life, except perhaps nature itself, is perfect. Despite this, some of us keep aiming for this unattainable goal. Striving to reach perfection in our challenges, goals, and projects leads to frustration, anxiety, and wear and tear on our minds and bodies. Additionally, projects are never started or are given up midway. Bearing all this in mind, it is far more beneficial for you and for those around you not to treat yourself so unfairly. Insisting on perfection ultimately serves no good purpose; rather do your very best in a reasonable time, and then move on to your next project.

At the Academy Awards® , Oscars are given out for excellence in each category, not for perfection. There is a good reason for this!

Persian carpet weavers intentionally include a small imperfection in their carpets for two good reasons: First, the imperfection keeps the weavers humble by reminding them that man with his best efforts can very rarely achieve perfection. Second, they knew they could weave more carpets in a given time when they were not concerned with attempting to produce 100% perfect products. In view of the success…