Perfect is paralysis

Fail to plan and plan to fail- very boring and uninspiring thought.I know of a gentleman who is planning to launch his product for last 3 years, because he is obsessed with planning to perfection.There is a serious danger that you can get paralyzed in planning. Perfect is paralysis.

Trying to scale the zenith of perfection has become the plague of our time, and psychologists have recently coined the phrase ‘perfection infection’

10 signs your a perfectionist (God help you !)

  1. You can’t stop thinking about a mistake you made.(how can a self respecting person ever make a mistake ? you can spend hours thinking about a small mistake).
  2. You are intensely competitive and hate losing, even Monopoly or Scrabble.(even your children hate playing games with you !).
  3. You have to do things perfectly, or not at all.( don’t take most of the shots anyway ?)
  4. You demand perfection from other people. (and of course, you make life miserable for everybody around you.Even your dog should bark at the right time!)
  5. You won’t ask for help, as this can be seen as a flaw or weakness. (you won’t even ask for directions,even if you think you are hopelessly lost on the way !)
  6. You will persist at a task long after other people have quit.(quitting before dead-end is intellectually uplifting !)
  7. You are a fault-finder and go out of your way to correct other people when they are wrong.(And who is not wrong nowdays ? The worst suferers are your family members and your subordinates)
  8. You consider people with cluttered desks or houses as lazy and undisciplined.(you never bothered to find out,how happy and content guys with cluttered desk look ?)
  9. You are very self-conscious about making mistakes in front of other people. (this is pure agony !)
  10. You noticed the error in the title of this list (meant to be you’re) and it really annoyed you (sorry – but we had to check).

Miriam Adderholdt, author of “Perfectionism: What’s Bad About Being Too Good?” explains: “There’s a difference between excellence and perfection. Excellence involves enjoying what you’re doing, feeling good about what you’ve learned, and developing confidence. Perfection involves feeling bad about a 98 % and always finding mistakes, no matter how well you’re doing.”

At a certain point of time-we need to walk away and leap into the real world.Nobody has bought anything looking at fancy diagrams & bar charts. Lets focus our complete attention to implementation- it is the last 98 % of the puzzle.I would rather prefer a 60 % perfection but with lot of speed.

So,moral of the story-go ahead and execute, and don’t lose sleep over being perfect.

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