(day 9 abc)
I would call my 2 yr-old son a perfectionist. If he can’t figure out how to do something within the first couple of tries, he often throws it down (or himself down, depending on what he’s working with) and goes into a whining fit. I despise whining. I am the complete opposite of a perfectionist. I LOVE those little “mistakes” in a project. I feel that those little quirks give a unique personality to that object. You can then come to the conclusion, that I often lose my patience with my son when he loses his patience with himself. I suppose you could say that learning to deal with each other is a work in progress with both of us.
Nothing in life ever runs to perfection. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of Murphy and his wonderful law which states that “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” You could run yourself quite ragged and to the brink of a stressful breakdown trying to get everything perfect.
I don’t want to be misunderstood, it’s definitely good to do your best and always try your hardest. However, it is also easy (especially for the perfectionist) to get carried away with making everything perfect. I think that Bob Parsons sums it up quite nicely with this quote: “There’s not a business anywhere that is without problems. Business is complicated and imperfect. Every business everywhere is staffed with imperfect human beings and exists by providing a product or service to other imperfect human beings.”
Wether we are talking about a hand-made crafting business or the writing one, you will have to deal with other people and other venues. People, as a nature, are imperfect. Someone in the Author Blog Challenge wrote something about over-editing. So, try to relax a little bit, you don’t have to 100% perfect 100% of the time. I promise, it will all be ok to let a mistake now and then slip.
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- Understanding the Three P’s (michelewhitney.wordpress.com)
- The imperfect one. (themirrorview.wordpress.com)
- The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning (brainpickings.org)
- 4 Benefits to Being Imperfect (depressionavoyage.wordpress.com)
- Perfect Imperfection (bone33.wordpress.com)
- What is Perfection? (theengagingbrand.typepad.com)