I am a proud perfectionist!
I’m certainly not claiming to be perfect. We all know there’s a difference between being perfect and being a perfectionist.
What I can’t understand is why our culture seems overwhelmingly opposed to perfectionism. Why is it viewed as a weakness?
If your goal is not perfection, what is it? Imperfection?
I think we’re wrong to disparage perfectionistic tendencies. Excellence results from such dispositions. Perhaps compromises in the quality of American products and services would be reversed if we returned to viewing perfectionism as a virtue instead of a vice.
But we’re not only wrong about perfectionism. We’re also hypocritical. While we claim that we don’t like perfectionists, our actions say otherwise.
When choosing which doctor will be performing your brain surgery, do you consider his perfectionistic tendencies a strength or a weakness?
I don’t know about you, but when I’m traveling through the air going 400 mph at 40,000 feet in an aluminum tube, I like to think of my pilot as a perfectionist.
I’ve never contracted to have a house built, but if I ever do I’ll be shopping for a builder with perfectionistic tendencies.
I want my car manufacturer to aim for perfection when designing it (especially the steering and brakes). Nice to have that quality in a mechanic, too.
When you’re out celebrating that special occasion with that special someone and paying $80 for a $35 meal, don’t you want a perfectionist preparing your dish?
Have you ever read a book in which neither the author nor the editor had perfectionistic tendencies? You were distracted by the errors on every page, weren’t you?
[I found 2 errors in this blog on the 17th time I read it prior to posting]
I live in a reality of contradictions. I know I’ll never be perfect, but that doesn’t mean I can’t strive for perfection.