13 April 2015
How many times in your life have you been advised not to chase perfection or overheard it being described as an unattainable goal?
I had this conversation with one of the team a couple of weeks ago when I heard them say, “There’s no such thing as perfect.” Personally, I think I’d have to disagree and, thankfully, I managed to talk her round in the end too.
The thing about perfection that makes it attainable is the fact that it’s subjective; it means different things to different people. So, when you see great chefs at work, they are often incredibly precise with very high standards. It’s a quest to achieve absolute perfection.
I’ve certainly been called a perfectionist in the past, and I take it as a compliment. I remember when Gail and I designed the chill out lounge at UKFast Campus and, when the carpet was laid down, we realised the underlay wasn’t thick enough. For me, there was only one option: rip it up and redo the whole thing!
Fortunately, we have an amazing team of builders working for us who understand how seriously we take the task of making our team feel at home. It was so important that we give people that sensation – the luxurious feeling underfoot that we wanted them to have – that we couldn’t rest until it was (in our eyes) perfect.
Yet, even if you don’t believe that perfection can ever be reached, is that reason enough to stop striving towards it and aiming for that point on the horizon? Surely, if you know what perfection means to you personally, it becomes a great motivator, keeping you focussed on the road ahead.
What does perfection mean to you? Is it something you strive for?