Better Is Better than Perfect

A young woman behind a computer handing a report to a colleague.

So you want to be perfect, eh? You want to do everything exactly as you should. You want to be a beacon of confidence and solid, unwavering excellence. I’m here to tell you that better is better than perfect.

There Is No Perfect

Have you ever noticed how the Internet keeps changing? The websites become better and easier to use over time. Your phone, tablet, and computer all get updates constantly. They either add more features or remove some bugs.

Musicians are constantly improving. What an artist plays at sixteen is nowhere near as complex and deep as what they play at thirty. Have you tried going back to a show that ran several seasons? Even a great first season doesn’t have the depth and intricate interweaving storylines several seasons later.

Artists become more focused and stylized. Chefs head toward dishes that are bolder and more flavorful. Speakers grow more captivating and inspiring.

Why? Because perfect doesn’t exist, at least not completely. Sure, you can play a song “perfectly” as in hitting every note on time, but there’s always room for nuances and flourishes and personal additions. Everything that’s technically “perfect” always has room for improvement.

Unfortunately focusing on perfect can be a weight that is often too much to bear. That’s why better is better than perfect.

You’re Imperfect and That’s Awesome!

Stop trying to be perfect. There’s no such thing. Just work to be better. Find ways to be your own flavor of amazing. Add excitement, fun, and personality into everything you do. Ditch the perfection and focus on being better than you were yesterday.

Do better at helping people than you did yesterday. Do better at keeping your nose in your own business than you ddid yesterday. Do better at barking and growling than you did yesterday. (Can you see I’m obsessed with my Lessons from My Dog series? I’ll do better.)

Better is better than perfect. Perfect is a false concept. Focusing on it can just add frustration. Just focus on doing something wonderful.

Focus on being better. That’s better than perfect any day.

David Bishop

David is CEO of Cedowin Productions, dedicated to helping you live your best life through positive habits. He has inspired tens of thousands to improve habits and communication through books, articles, workshops, and apps. He is the creator of AweVenture, helping families enjoy fantastic, active experiences and Zombie Goals, literally making building healthy habits a game. He’s authored several books including How to Create Amazing Presentations, 7 Steps to Better Relationships, and The Man in the Pit, which helps people who have loved ones struggling with depression.

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