In today's society, we have become perfectionists, but what if I tell you that's not what we should aim for?
The main issue I have with aiming for perfection is that it's simply not possible. Nothing will ever be perfect, no matter how hard you try. And this fact ends up deterring us from even starting a lot of things because we are scared that what we achieve will be below standard. This is sad.
On the bright side, however, people don't care about perfection. It's nice, but not necessary. What people care about is how much thought and effort is put in. And this counts for everything. Let me give you an example.
Makeup can conceal all your imperfections, it can make you the best version of yourself physically for the day. But most people don't wear an extraordinary amount of makeup, most people's faces who use makeup are lightly dabbed with just a minimal amount of product, often not even hiding their imperfections. But it still looks good. Why?
Apart from slightly improving your appearance, makeup shows the world that you care about yourself, you put in effort in yourself today, therefore it can be assumed that you put in effort in other aspects of your life too, and this is what makes people want to be around you.
The same can be said for doing your hair in the morning, ironing your clothes, being in shape, etc. The goal with all this is not to look like a supermodel nor a celebrity, instead, the goal is to show the world that you care about yourself and you have or are getting your sh*t together. You put in effort.
Ray Kroc wasn't perfect, far from it, but he was persistent. He never gave up even when everyone else gave up on him. He died one of the richest and most successful people in the world. Apple and Microsoft were made in garages. Colonel Sanders was rejected 1,009 times!!
None of these people were or are perfect, nor are their companies. However, they persisted and they kept working when everyone else would have quit. Now people go crazy for them and their products, despite their flaws, they surpassed the test of time. They never gave up. They kept going and kept improving, never reaching perfection, but always putting in effort.
What comes from effort?
Effort is the antonym of complacency. Through complacency, there is no growth, no pushing boundaries, and no starting anything new. It takes a lot of effort to jump into new adventures and overcoming the fear of the unknown. But this is how progress is made, and how you grow into your potential.
Social status rises in direct proportion to how hardworking you are perceived to be, not how perfect you are. There are a lot very good looking and/or who are super rich that no one knows about, and no one bothers to introduce them to others because they aren't active in themselves. This is most common with people who are born with these assets, who have no gratitude for them, and who don't know what it means to be without them, hence making them content and complacent with just being who they are now.
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Perfection is unachievable, but even if it were, being perfect means nothing to anyone. There are many people who are born pretty close to common notions of perfection who aren't recognized anywhere, but there are many more people who are less than perfect who, instead, are celebrated by society. These are the people who worked hard for what they have and who put in hard work in themselves and their lives, who we want to be around because we can therefore assume they are smart and active. Effort is what people want to see, not perfection.
Hi, I'm Matthew, my mission is to spread knowledge about motivation, productivity, and enabling people to achieve the best that they can be! I have a vast background in psychology and a passion for self-improvement. I literally can't remember a time when I didn't have a psychology book in my hands. On top of that, I've traveled around the world from a very young age, and seen many different courses of life, forming friendships with highly successful people, as well as people who are willing to do anything to make ends meet. My own life took me down a roller coaster of highs and lows, and I'm forever grateful that I've been able to overcome everything it threw at me. Now I want to take the opportunity to give back, and help others learn tools and methods for becoming who they were born to be!