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Perfection vs. Excellence blog.rockthepost.com

There’s a huge difference between doing something well and doing it perfectly. Attempting to be perfect can bring on feelings of inadequacy and even interfere with completing important projects. Excellence, on the other hand,...

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  • July 20, 2012
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  • Ingrid M.

    Ingrid

    Ingrid M.

    Executive Officer of Your Leaders' Edge, a firm specialializing in Executive Coaching, Training, and Consulting

    Great distinction. I'm reminded of two quotes. One from Vince Lombardi: "If you chase perfection, you'll catch excellence." And "Practice makes progress." Both recognize that perfection is not only not attainable but hamper people from achieving excellence. Perfectionists are often consumed with looking good, so they're poor learners (learning is risky), or they wear themselves out by trying to do the impossible. That's a sure recipe for failure since it's not sustainable.

  • David (Doc) B.

    David (Doc)

    David (Doc) B.

    --Motivational Counselor and Certified Hypnotherapist

    A lot of the time a perfectionist becomes so disappointed that they fear taking action and become a procrastinator and fail to achieve even the smallest success! Practice doesn't make perfect but it does make it permanent.

  • Jodie W.

    Jodie

    Jodie W.

    Certified Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner NLP ♦ Life ♦ Business ♦ COACH ♦ Are YOU Seeking a Purposeful • Successful Life ?

    Excellence to me is about being masterful and requires perseverance. Perfection I believe is based on shoulds either what we say to ourselves or what others say we should do. It can end up being a heavy burden and can take your energy and joy away. Excellence on the other hand is excting, and empowering.

  • Helen B.

    Helen

    Helen B.

    Group Coaching Facilitator, Professional Coach

    Perfection is something you have to work very hard at. Whereby, excellence is something that comes naturally.

  • Ingrid M.

    Ingrid

    Ingrid M.

    Executive Officer of Your Leaders' Edge, a firm specialializing in Executive Coaching, Training, and Consulting

    You are all wise. Thanks for sharing. This distinction is one the world needs badly.

  • David (Doc) B.

    David (Doc)

    David (Doc) B.

    --Motivational Counselor and Certified Hypnotherapist

    I have to disagree with Helen, perfection is near impossible and excellence is the art of refining and training to improve! I guess it's all in perceptions and the difficulty of the task and the challenge. We can all do better if we know how and have the right motivation.

  • Hillary H.

    Hillary

    Hillary H.

    Career Transition Coach, Helping you strategically map a fulfilling career and personal life in and out of academia.

    I like the distinction between Mastery and Perfection; this was also George Leonard's point in his book book on Mastery. And there is always a next (higher) level to master, if you are interested in continuing to challenge yourself.

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