We’ve all worked with people who are extreme perfectionists. Heck, maybe you’re one of them. Amy DuBois Barnett, Editor-in-Chief of Ebony, questioned: “How can we give 100 percent to both our families and our jobs?” Her answer: “What I’m coming to understand is that we can’t.”
She’s speaking in very broad terms of job and family, but we’ve all worked with people who take every little thing to the nth-degree, which frequently results in misspent time. Again, maybe you’re one of them. I certainly am not…and am proud of it. There’s an awful lot to be accomplished during the work day—and in life—and quite often, a “90 percent mark” is good enough for most things. It gets one task off the plate so that the next one can be accomplished. That’s life.
As Barnett stated, “There will simply never be enough time to give everything in life 100 percent.” Perfectionists respond by criticizing those who “settle” for anything less; they also don’t get half as much done either!
I’ve never met a public accounting firm managing partner—of a growing firm—who always had to have that 100 percent out of each and every situation. If you’re trying to grow a business, well, it’s just laughable. Get it done and move on. Perfectionists are constantly taking that walk through molasses while the rest of us are running. No one wants to wait for them.
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