It is wonderful to be a perfection-loving person as it leads to excellence in work as well as in life. In the process, such a person becomes a benchmark for others to emulate. However one should never ,ever be a perfectionist.
The below analogy can make it clear about the difference between a Perfection Lover & a Perfectionist:
A perfection-loving person will always keep left while driving but shifts quickly, if another vehicle is heading towards him from the wrong direction. On the other hand a perfectionist simply refuses to do that and faces the consequences.
Hence one should never be a perfectionist!

From India, Madras
Dear AVS,
Welcome back to Cite HR after many months of sabbatical.
It is nice to see your post.
I too came across something similar to what you have posted.
It is an interesting observation by some one who said that
one has to strive for “excellence” rather than ‘perfection’.
In many cases perfection is a theoretical maximum rarely achieved.
It takes a long time and many times not worth the effort.
Excellence may be somewhat shorter in achievement but still remarkable
on many counts. Excellence is achievable in lesser time as compared to perfection.
As you rightly mentioned trying to be a perfect always may not be necessary.

From India

Many thanks Ragunathan for your kind words. Glad that you are continuing your presence in the CiteHr for long time. Hope to catch up with some friends like you soon. With best wishes
From India, Madras
A very nice thought with an apt quintessence perfectly followed by an observation making it more comprehensible! I am only able to add nothing but quoting Osho as follows:
" In life only mad people ask for perception. The perfectionist is another name for someone who is getting ready
to become mad.
Perfection is neurosis. It is an illness. And the more you try to become perfect, the more frustrated you'll be.
Change your basic philosophy of that of an achiever."

From India, Salem

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