Who doesn’t desire to be perfect? Some think they are, some aspire to be, while some fell it is not their cup of tea. Be it skills, looks, clothes, or any other action or commodity, perfection does help in attaining new heights. But, it is very important to understand “Perfection” or more in general the term “Perfect”.
My perception about “Perfection”
“Perfection” is not an absolute term, rather it is a relative one. It can vary from one viewpoint to other. Perfection from one perspective could turn out to be Imperfection from the other. A few years back I perceived perfection as an endless journey, which infact it is, but after meeting people from round the world who were experts from the same field, the meaning of “Perfection” changed for me. Just to be clear here, on a lighter note, “I am Not Perfect” is also a relative term.
We have heard a number of times, that “a coin has two sides”, we readily agree to it because we can literally see it. But in philosophical terms, such as the way I am presenting perfection to you here, it is difficult to accept. Why? Because it is an intangible entity. We can flip a coin and see on what side it lands, but can we flip perfection and see what is on the other side? Sounds crazy may be, but can we actually do it? The answer yes and no. As I said, it is not absolute, so there can be more than two sides.
A small story on the philosophy of Perfection
At this point, you might think that where is this whole idea leading to? Let me share a small story. A young lad thought of doing something perfect and started to look for the best options that he could pursue. He was very good at designing, so he designed a skyscraper. Once he was satisfied and felt that it was perfect, he started approaching agencies / organizations that could buy the design and build it at a suitable location. Every organization gave different reviews, pointed out various limitations of the design and why it was not suitable for them. It was very surprising for him, as none of them accepted the design as it was. Dejected by the unfruitful outcome of his hard work, he went back to his workshop and kept staring at the design. He started to analyze the response he got from all the clients and decided to modify the design as per the reviews. Integrating each clients’ reviews, resulted in several different designs. He also made a list of reviews which couldn’t integrate and noted down the reasons for the same. These designed were duly accepted by the client and he got more than he expected at the beginning. The moral of the story is very simple. What you think is perfect, might not be perfect for someone else, and vice versa.
In my life, there have been many such instances where people’s perception of “perfect ___________” has been different from mine. Be it at work or in personal life or making choices, where I thought that my methods or decisions or actions were perfect or someone else’s were not. In the end it is all relative to a number of factors. At some point of time, i did have a thought that my knowledge in my domain is perfect, but then after several reality checks, it was very clear to me that some people don’t know what i know while i don’t know what they might know. There is always a scope to improve. Perfection is infact an endless journey !
Pursue achieving perfection, but..
For improving one self, it is very important to never acclaim perfection. If you feel that you are perfect in something, well think again. You might be the best at something today, but tomorrow someone else might be better. For the past seven years I have been studying and observing social media, but I still feel there is so much more to learn about it. None of the, most successful people in the world have ever made an explicit claim that they are perfect! “I am not perfect”, I aim to be better, I aim to learn from one and all and that is the simple message I want to give through this post !
Best wishes and Cheers – YC
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