“Perfectionism is a slow death, Erin”
A guidance counselor said this to me in high school. I remember thinking, “Huh?” I understood the point she was trying to make but I didn’t agree with her. I still don’t.
I’ve been thinking about this encounter a lot recently because of some frustrating incidents at work. In my opinion, most are the result of people being willing to settle for mediocrity.
I don’t get it. If you’re going to do something, why wouldn’t you do it to the best of your ability?
I go absolutely bonkers when people are apathetic and lazy. Everyone makes mistakes, but when people put forth no effort and the end result looks bad on the air I could just scream. Actually, sometimes I do scream!
All I want is for people to try hard and to care about their work.
I probably spend too much time obsessing over such things. I stew about tripping over my tongue, question the quality of my writing, cringe when I think about doing a terrible job during a speaking engagement … it would definitely be easier to not give a rip.
Here is an interesting take on failure. I couldn’t agree more – failing is not trying.
As far a I’m concerned, doing your absolute best is the only way to live. It doesn’t mean things turn out perfectly every time but it’s better than the alternative.