You know you’ve made it when . . . you’re words are quoted out of context and not attributed. My perfectionism therapy slogan is not a business motto – “Done is better than perfect,” for those of us who have trouble stopping and just need to turn in the Mona Lisa as is, whether or not the smile has a bit of a quirk.
*The quote is attributed to Sheryl Sandberg in a 2013 book Lean In (goodreads) It also is the focus of a Dec. 22 2011 article regarding perfectionism in the tendency to over-tweak a project on lifehacker.com. So it may be a common maxim for those of us who tend to continue refining work past the point of ideal use of time. I mentioned the quote in my own writing in a post on Oct. 7, 2011:
One day at a time is a great motto, I never managed to incorporate a “one book at a time” slogan but a couple personal slogans that have helped me include, “Done is better than perfect” (because perfect is impossible.) and “Slow down, you move too fast, time to make a good thing last” (part of the 59th Street Bridge song). Simon and Garfunkel performing the 59th Street Bridge song live. The song was written by Paul Simon. [Youtube link]
My point isn’t about attribution but about perfectionism – the slogan is not a business motto in my understanding of the phrase but is a reminder to not nitpick the minor details when the project has achieved the necessary goals of completion.
Also worth noting: Banning things and people is a primitive habit and not really that supportive of diversity.
Read more about writing better and more effective mission and core value business statements, (the article makes some good points): https://hbr.org/2018/02/ban-these-5-words-from-your-corporate-values-statement
The travel ban was too sweeping and inhibits diversity and inclusiveness. Banning socially is a form of emotional manipulation and domestic violence. Role modeling emotional manipulation and domestic violence as a normal way of life is likely not healthy for children to observe.
A few resources for helping cope with a tendency towards perfectionism – it is a form of anxiety:
- How to Overcome Perfectionism, anxietybc.com, pdf,
- Helping Your Child Overcome Perfectionism, anxietybc.com, pdf, https://www.anxietybc.com/sites/default/files/OvercomingPerfectionism.pdf
- All perfectionists need to adopt this strategy for coping with failure and rejection, qz.com, https://qz.com/904249/all-perfectionists-need-to-adopt-this-strategy-for-coping-with-failure-and-rejection/ *Humorously the title is a bit perfectionist -ALL perfectionists should do this – how about Some Perfectionists might find a few of these ideas helpful, 😉
- A book on the topic makes a more valid point: When Perfect isn’t Good Enough https://www.newharbinger.com/when-perfect-isnt-good-enough-second-edition (because you eventually have to stop and turn in the project – hence my personal anti-perfectionism slogan – “Done is better than perfect.” It was never intended to be used as a business motto.)
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