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A Slight Majority Leads to Superiority

b2ap3_thumbnail_10216452It’s amazing to me how a slight shift in things can be such a big thing.  A good example of a slight shift in something would be the difference of one degree in hot water to make it boiling water.  Another example could be the hundredths of a second between first and second place in many events at the Olympics.  Finally is the example of minor adjustments in actions that can be the difference between success and failure at achieving some objective.

Let’s take this idea in a somewhat different direction by considering the importance of being perfect versus being good at completing a task.  Perfect is defined as having no mistakes or flaws.  On the other hand, good is defined as of high quality.  If you think about it further, perfect would be of excellent quality and good would be of high but not excellent quality.   The two concepts are very close but clearly not exactly the same.  Or, as the title of this post suggests…a slight majority leads to superiority.

Here is the problem if you are of a disposition to regard anything short of perfection as unacceptable.  If you can’t reach perfection you may not be able to get anything done.  Absolutely, you should strive for perfection in all that you do but you, also, have to recognize when good is good enough.  Having an attitude of perfectionism can at best slow up your progress and at worst totally stop it.

When it comes to accomplishing your goals in life think in terms of always having a slight majority in your favor.  By that I mean, make sure in all that you do you put forth your best effort at least a slight majority of the time.  On occasion that will allow you to reach a state of perfection but it will always assure you are good at getting things done well.  Most importantly it will allow you to have a superior life experience.  You won’t drag yourself over the precipice of the abyss of perfectionism.

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