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  • Writer's pictureDel Chatterson

Don’t be too perfect

Don’t be too perfect

Or too precious. You’re not that special.

In occasional attempts at false modesty or humble bragging we might admit to being too much of a perfectionist. In fact we have probably already learned that perfectionism is not only the enemy of good, but it also pisses people off.

Nobody wants to be driven to pursue the impossible expectations of a perfectionist. Good

enough never is, as my father used to say, but excellence is usually entirely acceptable.

Somewhere between the arrogant and demanding perfectionists like Steve Jobs, who never accept that customers know what they want, and the impatient managers who apologize for imperfections and push out “minimum viable product” to test customer response, is the responsible, competent manager who insists on quality and performance that will cause customers to rave about it and ask for more.

Don’t be too perfect. But do try to find the right balance. Be better to do better.

(P.S. I hope you didn’t find any typos or misspellings in this newsletter on perfectionism.)

Be better. Do better. 

Del Chatterson, your Uncle Ralph

Learn more about Enlightened Entrepreneurship at: Read more of Uncle Ralph's advice for Entrepreneurs in Don't Do It the Hard Way & The Complete Do-It-Yourself Guide to Business Plans - 2020 Editions.

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