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It’s simple. I worked as hard as I could the best that I could every day.

Chef Thomas Keller
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Be Perfectly Imperfect

“Strive a little towards imperfection. I for one, am very good at messing up. I commit mistakes so that I develop the experience and maturity to correct them and so that I do not judge others from my self-constructed pedestal of perfection.”

To err is human.

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Additives Are Subtractive

People often get surprised when you ask for less but sometimes we really only need what we asked for.

There’s a fine line between overdoing it and failing to do enough. Other times we just want it plain and raw.

What’s sufficient is already efficient.

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Perfection is always simple, and it is always natural. Perfection is the deepest understanding and fullest expression of what is essential. Perfection is the shortest path to a goal, the simplest proof, and the clearest expression. Perfection is always democratic; it is always generally accessible . . . 

— Vasily Grossman, An Armenian Sketchbook
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Perfectionism as Nothingness

Perfectionism is a non-starter. If you want to make something perfect you’ll probably never start for fear that you can’t perfect it.

In the case that a perfectionist is forced to do something, they better have full control or they won’t put in 100% focus. They also need more time than others since they have to try all options before deducing to simplicity.

For perfectionists, doing is defined in either success or failure. There’s no in between. This goes for all tasks.

Something as simple as interior decoration as the case with Steve Jobs, left him with no furniture. The frustration in deciding was too burdensome. Jobs preferred to live surrounded by nothing instead.

The paradoxical battle for perfectionism makes one insane. But when a perfectionist finds something that he/she loves it’s a positive addiction unlike any other. The obsession makes the perfectionist ok with mediocrity in everything else since nothing else is as gratifying as the obsession.

The struggle for the perfectionist then is finding the obsession. Until then, everything else is undone and unsatisfactory.

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Perfection Is A Theory – Mikhail Baryshnikov