Excellence vs. Perfection

One of the most important things I’ve learned over the years is to pursue excellence, not perfection. I like to think of myself as a “reformed perfectionist.” Excellence is much more meaningful and useful. Perfection is necessary in certain circumstances, but not as a guideline for daily living or leading. Here is the first part of an essay I came across many years ago. It makes a very helpful distinction between these two concepts. The author is unknown. Part two next week.

Food for Thought ~

Perfection is being right. Excellence is willing to be wrong.
Perfection is fear. Excellence is taking risk.
Perfection is anger and frustration. Excellence is powerful.
Perfection is control. Excellence is spontaneous.

Question of the day ~

How would you describe yourself? Do you strive for perfection or excellence?

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