Perfection: What is it good for?

09 Mar

Jason Brien.

A very wise person once said to me...

“Practice makes perfect but there’s no such thing as perfect so why practice?”

     So why is this person wise? They are wise because they realise that perfection is a myth. Perfection is an ideal NOT a reality. They understand that chasing after perfection will ultimately lead to a loss of motivation and eventual failure so why bother.
     In today’s society, a lot of emphasis is placed on perfection. We are bombarded on a daily basis by advertisements, media, employers, friends, family, religions and governments to be perfect citizens. After working in café and restaurant kitchens for over 15 years, I have noticed how the demand for perfection has increased significantly.
     Gone are the days when you could cook and present a meal to customers free from the disgruntled demands of overnight food critics. No longer can each cook showcase their individual strengths and weaknesses. In today’s society, every dish has to be cooked and presented exactly the same way, by every single team member, every single time or you risk losing your job. Being labelled as ‘not a team member’. Being worried that you will lose your job and not be able to afford to feed your family even the simplest of scraps.
     The daily bombardment of perfection that others demand of us slowly wears us down. The more we try to be perfect, the more pressure we endure and the more imperfect we become. The more we resort to unhealthy ways to manage stress and anxiety and the more we take out our frustrations out on our loved ones.
     So what's the moral of the story and how does this relate to personal development? Personal development is not about becoming perfect. Reaching your full potential is not the same as perfection. Personal development is about becoming the person that YOU want to be. The most authentic YOU possible. The person that YOU are the most happiest and comfortable being.

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