Seek the Best But Never Perfection

Seek the best but never perfection.

Perfection doesn’t exist.

I get this impression of perfection from school. Particularly tests, assignments, and projects.

While some parts of academics can show a student is perfect (math, science, spelling, grammar) most forms of perfection are subjective (essays, artwork, presentations, speeches, etc.)

I chased perfection in areas I thought I could achieve them. When I wanted them badly, I pretty much can get them. They weren’t holy grails, but they were, in my mind, shiny, wonderful, and appealing since parents and friends alike say mostly good things about them.

Perfection creates a false notion of completion and mission accomplished.

The thing is that, no matter how absolute a 100% score is on the test, it is only for that test. And there’s no guarantee that 100% can be accomplished a second time, especially if the test was difficult.

Besides, there is this awful feeling when the percentage goes below 100. 99% is like 99 degrees Celsius.

The water isn’t going to boil 1 degree below.

What we should look at is our performance.

  1. What was accomplished?
  2. Was it the best we could do at the time?
  3. Did the performance create a favorable outcome?
  4. What can we learn from our performance?

We can see the merits of what we have done and the things we can do better.
We can measure the amount of progress made.
We can determine if we delve deeper into the performance or look at something else.

We should seek to measure.

We should write down whatever we have in our minds and reflect on them a few days afterward.

Never get so high on tasks. Never get so down when the tasks are disasters.

The lessons are keys. The reminders of what to do next time are keys.

Continual improvement is hard, but the rewards of finding them are refreshing.

So when I get down to write a post, draw an illustration, or work on a project:

  1. List out the things to get done.
  2. Turn off all devices and distractions.
  3. Check off the ones completed.
  4. Work on the list from start to finish.
  5. When the work is done, prepare the list for tomorrow.

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