Being A Perfectionist and being perfect quotes:
Those day, I was also one of those who believed in being a perfectionist. Spend (or now, I call it waste) a lot of time and effort trying to perfect my work, my relationships and even my life;the way I wanted it to be. All the obsessions and fusses over almost every thing that came my way.
Back then, I even felt proud to tell people that I was a perfectionist. Thinking that I was special just because I was extremely particular and meticulous with my decisions and actions. I thought I was “better” than the rest because I had a keen eye for details and very selective.
Now I practice the 80/20 rule; where I spend 20% of the time, to achieve 80% of output. No more long hours and lengthy research or discussions. I focus on the bigger picture and not kill myself over those nitty-gritty details all the time.
Remember, Steve Jobs’ real artists ship? Yes, it means it is important to actually deliver. Get the things out and get onto the next plan or project. Forget about wasting unnecessary time mulling over or procrastinating.
I used to have intense fear of failure; which held me back, making me rejected failure so vigorously that I dare not took the risks which are necessary for growth. Of course now I accept failure as an important part of a successful life. I have learned to let go and move on. It is so liberating.
It was these three books “Be Happy Without Being Perfect: How to Break Free from the Perfection Deception” by Alice Domar, “The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life” by Tal Ben-Shahar and Anna Quindlen’s “Being Perfect“, which help me to get me out from “being a perfectionist trap” for good.
Try to get any of these three how not to be a perfectionist books. So you can live a more meaningful and happier life.
Now, let’s not be too particular about anything. Check out these being perfect quotes:
“Being perfect doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It mean you’ve decided to see beyond the imperfections.” – Unknown
“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” – Anna Quindlen
“Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.” – Harriet Braiker
“The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.” – George Orwell
“Gold cannot be pure, and people cannot be perfect.” – Chinese Proverb
“This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.” – Saint Augustine
“Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.” – Goethe
“A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.” – Buddha
“Were I to await perfection, my book would never be finished” – Chinese Proverbs
“A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault.” -John Henry Newman
“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“A good garden may have some weeds.” – Thomas Fuller
“The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.” – Eugene Delacroix
“To escape criticism – do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard
“People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection, which they cannot have, and looking for it where they will never find it” – Edith Schaeffer
“Once you accept the fact that you’re not perfect, then you develop some confidence.” – Rosalynn Carter
“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.” – Henry van Dyke
“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.” – Alice Walke
“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.” – Confucius
“Unless I accept my faults I will most certainly doubt my virtues.” – Hugh Prather
“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Dalí
“I don’t confuse greatness with perfection. To be great anyhow is…the higher achievement.” – Lois McMaster Bujold
“Even the best needles are not sharp at both ends.” – Chinese Proverb
“There are no perfect men in this world, only perfect intentions.” – Pen Densham
“The imperfections of a man, his frailties, his faults, are just as important as his virtues. You can’t separate them. They’re wedded.” – Henry Miller
“Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well.” – William Shakespeare, King Lear
“Out of perfection nothing can be made. Every process involves breaking something up.” – Joseph Campbell
“Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life.” – Dr. David M. Burns
“All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection.” – William Faulkner
“Perfectionism is simply putting a limit on your future. When you have an idea of perfect in your mind, you open the door to constantly comparing what you have now with what you want. That type of self criticism is significantly deterring.” – John Eliot, Ph.D.
“The greater the emphasis on perfection, the further it recedes” – Haridas Chaudhuri
“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.” – Leo Tolstoy
“Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solitude is the enemy of well-being.” – John Updike
“I never expect to see a perfect work from imperfect man. – Alexander Hamilton
“When you aim for perfection, you discover it’s a moving target. – Geoffrey F. Fisher
“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” – Winston Churchill
“There are two kinds of perfect: The one you can never achieve, and the other, by just being yourself.” – Lauren King
“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor.” – Anne Lamott
“Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect, it means you’ve decided to live your life in spite of all its imperfections.” ? Emily Turek
“The condition of perfection is idleness: the aim of perfection is youth.” – Oscar Wilde
Hope you enjoy these perfection quotes.