The Tyranny Of Perfection

Excellence is achievable perfection is not, so seek excellence.

Striving for that which is unachievable will ultimately demoralize and crush the seeker. The expectation of perfection is a cruel master as nothing will ever be good enough. Sometimes “good enough” is actually good enough.

To often the standards that we set for ourselves are so high they lead to a permanent sense of failure, but what is worse is when we expect perfection of others.

Is it wrong to have high standards? Not at all, but, the standards have to be achievable, there has to be an ongoing celebration of achievements along the path. The level of the standards should always rise, but for some there is a point to which they will not be able to improve. This does not mean that person (or yourself) should be rejected, what it means that they (you) should encourage people still on the journey to get to the standard you have achieved. Become the encourager of those who can progress further.

As a leader you should expect that some people will be better than you, will be able to achieve more than you, set higher goals and visions and achieve them. Do not let your own insecurity hold others back from achieving great things! Cheer them on. (Dangerous Leaders)

A perfectionist will hold onto tasks to try to see perfection achieved and doing so will never allow for the task to be completed at all.

Perfection is a dead-end road where failure is the only way out. Seek excellence for that is a continuing journey.

Paul S Allen

Old School House

About Paul S Allen

Kiwi singer-songwriter based in Dunedin, New Zealand. Musician (Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin, Keyboard); Photographer; Poet; Thinker. I have food allergies so ask when you invite me for dinner. Lumen accipe et imperti. (receive the light and pass it on) Email me:

Posted on 17/01/2011, in Business Development, Church, Community, Faith and Personal Development, General, Leadership, Think and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. sleepysunshine

    Paul thank you for this wonderful piece. I have always enjoyed learning about communication and leadership styles and your words are refreshing.

    People are so very important.

    In my life I have found that the Truth of a Person is presented openly despite the context they are in – if you listen.

    From a place of knowledge there is always growth.

    I like this statement you made .. ” Become the encourager of those who can progress further ” .. an enabler.

    Wonderful. Thank you. Lesley

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