Is chasing perfection useful?

Answer: Pursuit of perfection is, in my opinion, a negative motivator. It motivates us to stay home-away from action. We should pursue greatness or remarkable but not perfection. By giving up perfection we can quickly move from thinking to doing, from knowing to acting. Apple’s iPad has been on the market for little over two months and sold over 2 millions. The device doesn’t have a camera, no real keyboard, doesn’t support Flash, and you can’t easily save and share PDF files. Interesting… :)
Act: Do something new today. It must be imperfect. Create some new imperfect action, some new imperfect behaviour, come up with new imperfect product or service. Contact some friends, prospects or customers using imperfect communication methods. The pressure is off. Do it. Test. Improve. Repeat.

2 Comments on Is chasing perfection useful?

  1. ok I did it Derek. I bought the damn Ipad regardless of it's imperfections. Here's a few quotes to support your position and you're much deeper thinker in Cookeville than Nashville…hmmm Good stuff..

    Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing. ~Harriet Braiker

    No one is perfect… that's why pencils have erasers. ~Author Unknown

    Ring the bells that still can ring
    Forget your perfect offering.
    There is a crack in everything,
    That's how the light gets in.
    ~Leonard Cohen

    To escape criticism – do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. ~Elbert Hubbard

    Gold cannot be pure, and people cannot be perfect. ~Chinese Proverb

    The most difficult part of attaining perfection is finding something to do for an encore. ~Author Unknown


  2. Thank you Jeff,
    First of all, you've just made a history by being the first commentator in my blog.You can't escape being an early adopter. Your quotes are amazing and "perfectly" complement my post. Ciao.

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