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Accepting Less Than Perfect

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It is common. Many people believe they are working towards perfection. Do you have high standards? Are you willing to accept less than perfect?

Hard to Attain

The perfect product, the perfect resume, or the perfect grade on the exam and that’s not all. There is more, the perfect hair, makeup, or shoes. What about the perfect timing, the perfect email, or an absolutely perfect website. We can’t leave out all of the work the boss expects to be perfect.

Do any of these things really exist? Perfect is frustrating and on top of that it is nearly impossible to attain.

Perfect is Temporary

There is always someone. Someone who doesn’t like your social media posts, someone who criticizes your best work, and someone who has decided they dislike you and you don’t even know it.

We exist in a World that changes its mind in an instant. What was popular last month, or last week, may not stand a chance today. While you’re trying to find the time to perfect it someone else is launching something new.

Hard to Please

When you say you like the background color blue, someone will say it should be grey. If you like the Garamond font, someone else will want it in Calibri. You watch videos but someone else hates them. You only click thumbs up. Someone else trolls to give only thumbs down.

Yes, it is true, you can’t please everybody. Your commitment to achieve perfection may be pointless. Something less than perfect may be much more enjoyable.

Certainly there are moments we need the perfect parking spot, the perfect timing, and to give the perfect message. Relentlessly chasing perfection may be an addiction you should avoid.

People become addicted to perfect. A feeling of rejection may breed obsession. An obsession with the unattainable is not healthy.

Less Than Perfect

Passion for your product, whatever that is, is admirable. Passion that leaves you empty, frustrated, and questioning your ability to cope is not a good idea.

Perhaps perfect is the wrong idea. Maybe the focus should be on value instead. Value is scalable.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a five-time author and some of his work includes, #CustServ The Customer Service Culture, and Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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