The Perils of Perfectionism

The Perils of Perfectionism

“Perfect is the enemy of good.” -Voltaire Jen writes a first draft of a speech she has to give in front of her class. She hates it. She fusses over the language for hours, never quite satisfied with the way each sentence sounds. If she can’t make it perfect, she considers taking a zero for the assignment. John, a woodworker, whittles away at a new chair, chipping here and there, always spotting a small imperfection. The chair isn’t finished until it’s perfect, he thinks. Meanwhile, the chair keeps…
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