Sunday, January 26th, 2014
When you strive for perfection, you make everything black and white. You either achieve perfection or you fail. It’s as simple as that.
But when you strive for excellence, there is no finish line because excellence is in the eye of the beholder. Each organization and each individual has their own definition of what excellence would mean for them so you never actually “achieve” it. The success is in the journey.
Striving for excellence and pursuing it allows for incremental improvements. This ability does not exist when you focus on perfection. When you strive for excellence, you remove the pressure to be perfect. You don’t have to find the ultimate solution, only one that improves the current situation. Those constant incremental improvements are what separates the great companies and the great people from everyone else.
There is really no such thing as perfection in life. Know that perfection is not an oasis – it’s a mirage! You’ll never arrive, because it simply isn’t there. Once you realize that everything in this universe is flawed, you can relax and focus on improvement, or progress. You will find that as your confidence builds, your freedom of thought increases. You now have lots of “elbow room” to take on new and exciting challenges.
Excellence evolves with time. It changes and grows. It requires you to constantly strive to do the best that you possibly can by making sure that the end goal that is not difficult or unachievable. In fact, it is perfectly within your grasp. Excellence allows you to be wrong. It gives you the ability to take risks accept the results for what they are. It is important to give yourself room to be wrong, and to make mistakes every now and then.
Summing-up: The pursuit of excellence is gratifying and healthy. The pursuit of perfection is frustrating, neurotic and a terrible waste of time. “I’ll never be perfect, but I can be better” – Michael Jordan.