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As human beings we want to be the best we can be. Whether it’s in all aspects or just some, we would like to be great somehow. This mindset is natural, and helps us push the boundaries of our own capabilities. For the most part, this is quite healthy and beneficial to you and I. However – sometimes this can lead to a search for perfection, which can be dangerous. Why is this dangerous? Because… Perfection doesn’t exist.

Here are some examples of the illusion we call perfection:

“I thought of the most amazing idea. However it’s not perfect, so I’ll just ignore it.”                                                                                                                 In the near future, your very same idea that you abandoned is seen on TV or a film, because somebody eventually thought of the same idea. The only difference is, they didn’t let their fear of perfection halt them. Perfection doesn’t exist.    

I met this amazing guy the other day. We really hit it off. He’s perfect!”         A few months down the line, the very things he did that charmed you are now an eyesore. You find many aspects of his personality you don’t admire, and he also expresses his distaste to some of your habits. The man you assumed was perfect is not, and instead you are with someone who you wish was perfect – but could never be. Perfection doesn’t exist.

“I saw a job ad – however the requirements were quite high. I would need to be perfect to land a job like that”                                                                         A week later your friend tells you that they got the very same job you failed to apply for. To make matters worse, you’re certain that your skills are more competent than theirs. Perfection doesn’t exist.


To finish off this blog, I will say that the beauty of progress and achievement is not through Perfection – but instead through the weird and wonderful imperfections of this world. Embrace it.

Ricky Baxter

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