Don’t Be A Perfectionist Everything Will Be Fine

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Perfectionism or a Desire to Not Suck?

The other day I was working on a project and it wasn’t turning out the way I thought it should.  My friend looked over and flippantly said “It’ll be fine.”

631_perfectionistMy response?

“I don’t really do fine.”

Another friend chimed in with “Don’t let perfectionism stop you from delivering…”

Ahh, wiser words have never been spoken. Or have they?

Am I the only one who is tired of hearing the “don’t be a perfectionist” speech?

First of all, I have never been one to not deliver.  I’m not being braggy – I just do what I say I will do.

Second of all, there is a difference between being a perfectionist and being too lazy to be excellent.  I am not lazy.  And I like being excellent.  Most people do.

I think the “don’t be a perfectionist” argument has gone too far.  Too many people are saying “just deliver, it will be fine”.  

But is fine really what you want in your life?

I want an excellent life so I work my ass off to make sure I deliver excellence.  Does that mean that every single thing I work on is perfect?

Not even close.

But it does mean that right up until the point where I have to be finished I do everything I can to make sure whatever I deliver is the absolute best it can be.  I will not use the “don’t be a perfectionist” argument as an excuse to be mediocre.

I don’t do fine.  I’d rather be excellent.

What about you?

I’d love for you to tell me about it in the comments.  Have you used the perfectionism argument as an excuse or do you know someone else who has?  What was the result?