Sidenote: there is no perfect

Nobody's Perfect, Charlie Brown by tohoscope on Flickr

A sidenote to yesterday’s post: there is no perfect.

The reason Voltaire said, “The perfect is the enemy of the good” (or the French equivalent thereof) is that perfect doesn’t exist. It’s especially true if you work in a field like communication and marketing, where there’s never only one right answer. After all, multiple great options means no one perfect option. But no matter what field you work in, you need to stop pursuing perfect.

What should you do instead? Pursue excellence. Pursue it every day. What you’ll find is occassionally, you’ll be great, and the stars will align so that things you can’t control–traffic, the weather, other people–all work in your favor. It won’t be perfect, but it will be close enough. And you’ll be more than satisfied.

Control what you can. But know that because you can’t control everything, you shouldn’t strive for perfect.

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One Response to Sidenote: there is no perfect

  1. Tammy Davis says:

    That’s a terrific distinction. Pursuing excellence is so much more powerful than pursuing good.

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