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October 17, 2009


Isn't it a relief to know we can let ourselves off the hook...and be satisfied with being "good enough"...or at least giving our best?

Now, for a quote from one of my faves, whose teachers could not manage him and told his mother he would never amount to anything...his mother was forced to home school him, as he was considered insufferable...

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."

~Winston Churchill~

I love that quote, too. Hang in there! Things will get better.

MUCH better.

Laughing. this really caught my attention. I so agree with your first paragraph...when I read that quote, I felt myself physically relax. I DID!
I also LOVE the Winston Churchill quote in the above comment. FABULOUS!

I needed this. Given my current circumstances (all self-induced), I am not doing anything at 100% right now. Another quote (or paraphrase) I have heard attributed to Richard and Linda Eyre: "If it's barely worth doing, it's worth barely doing." Don't be afraid to give short shrift to things that don't add a lot of value. Not everything has to be perfect. Sometimes it has to be just enough (and maybe not even quite that).

Thanks Whitney (and Lisa). I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels like quitting - even the things that are very much worth doing - because I'm doing them so badly!

Love this. I've always been a big believer in the 80/20 rule--by this I mean that you can put 80% of effort into something and really get most of the benefits of doing it 100%; it's doing that additional 20% that really kills you. For me, it's rarely worth doing. I am also fortunate to not have been shackled by being a perfectionist.

Such a great post. I really needed to read that! Thank you!!

I was actually thinking about something similar last night. I was working on one of my new paintings. They are a different style and really force me to work in a way I normally don't (really tight, for long periods of time, really deliberate perspective and color decisions) I am generally a quick finisher- so sticking with a painting for 8 days is tough. I questioned why I was doing it- my normal way is easier and less risky, these are much more uncertain as I don't feel confident in the skill set they require.

It made me appreciate getting to a certain point of maturity, confidence and perspective. Now I choose to do many more things that I don't do really well. At other times I would have been to embarrassed by my imperfections. Reward comes in growth.

I am with margaret too- I am not a perfectionist and I think it is actually what allows me to live life so richly. i appreciate that fillign the glass so full- somethings will always slosh over the sides.

It is great to hear that other people feel like giving up. I think about that alternative all the time. It is freeing to think that way but continue on my chosen path. This strategy makes me feel even more proud of what I am able to accomplish, whether done badly or perfectly, considering that at least some of it was optional.

My quote for the week was from Stewart Little, "There would be a lot fewer wars if more people would just give up." I wondered why I keep trying. I like your quotes better. The things I'm failing at are important. They are worth taking a risk, making an effort and if that falls flat, finding a solution. I am in beta.

I live in beta...if I quit I would die.


I might add that Stuart Little may be my hero.


I would never get anything done if I insisted that it was done perfectly.

It's not so much that I "aim for the middle" - I still aim for perfection - but, if I reach 90% or even 75% it's still better than not at all.

By whose standards are you saying that you do something poorly? By what standard should we measure? I like the idea of living in beta, and that we can live richer lives when we are not focused on perfection.

Clearly this post struck a chord.

I commented to a friend the other day: I am in survival mode. I am keeping my family alive (and somewhat fed) and I am doing the basics for everything else.

Sometimes when you are spread too thin, your margins and ROI aren't what you expect of yourself - but there are ebbs and flows in every market.

Hang in there, we can't be bulls all of the time...

beautifully said! let's be in beta~!

It's good to be reminded that sometimes we do actually get an "A" for effort alone.

I know you posted this two years ago, but I just re-read this today and I needed to hear it. Thank you, Whitney!!

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