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November 30, 2004


Christopher Bailey

Brilliant, Curt. As a reforming perfectionist, I still get enticed by that "+1" at times. But as you mentioned, it gets in the way of celebrating and honoring the specialness of what I bring to the world. Thanks for the good morning reminder. Cheers. CB


+1... is that all?

If it ain't perfect, it's not right.



So true Curt! I am also a recovering perfectionist and struggle as a professor with teaching a lecture I have taught before. I always need to tweak, in part because I am motivated by being creative. The old Paretto principle applies as well - 80% of the work gets done in 20% of the other words - I know that I can pull an 90 minute lecture together in about 7-8 hours...but just because I put in 16 hours for it does not make the lecture twice as good.



Indeed. And I have an Underachievers Addition. When I know that
(What I will do) < good enough
I, in my anticipation of an inevitable inferior result, will over-undercompansate.

What I will do + 2 = (What I did) + 1 = Good enough

Which means that
What I will do = Good enough - 2

Succinctly: I will not bother with doing my best.

Curt Rosengren

Jamin, interesting spin on the equation. I definitely see this one pop up from time to time with clients as well. "If I don't try my best, I can always say, 'I didn't give it my all' when it doesn't measure up."


A silly concept. we all know what we want to achieve, feeling negative is not a sign of someone who's goal is to be perfect, but their ability to tell when what they haven't done is not in line with what they believe they should be capable of.

this person should be encouraged to push harder next time, like we encourage children to try harder. NOT to tell them to screw off and change what they feel about their actions.

If artists thought this way, we'd never have good art, just a bunch of lines, that the artist said was "good enough".


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