Survival or How to be an Imperfectionist

Lately in a long going big business meeting I had the following brainstorm, what in German means an “Geistes-Blitz”.

What does it mean to have your own business – what does it mean to be an entrepreneur ?

It means to deal with all this imperfect things and to bring all to a good end, what means not 100% perfect but more than enough to fullfill the purpose !

The material, the suppliers, the equipment and the people are not perfect, what the customer said and what we understand was not perfect.

So my “Geistesblitz” was this:
The ART of having a business is to deal with all this real world imperfect things and against all odds bringing it to a good end !
Oh yes, maybe it could have been a bit better 😉

Not only the business world but also our whole life is not perfect. There is a small book about this topic :

How to be an Imperfectionist from Stephen Guise. Quote:

Change what you care action

  • Don’t care about results. Care about putting in the work.
  • Don’t care about problems. Care about making progress despite.
  • Don’t care what other people think.
  • Care about what you want to be and what you want to do.
  • Care less about doing it right. Care about doing it at all.
  • Don’t care about failure. Care about success.
  • Don’t care about timing. Care about the task.

Imperfect process actions

  • Imperfect thoughts and ideas
  • Imperfect decisions
  • Imperfect action
  • Imperfect adaption
  • Imperfect, but successful result!

I got this book from my daughter and it was a real eye-opener for me.

For me it’s clear Stephen Guise got an important point. To realize your projects, your dreams or your simple every-days tasks you just have to start it – even if it’s a really tiny step of the whole tasks and it has not to be perfect – and it’s important to continue with these small, maybe even not perfect, steps.

Perfectionism is very often the real obstacle why so many people don’t even start the smallest project. The target is not perfect clear, not every possible wrong step is considered .. or they start something and because the first result is not perfect they stop it immediately.

The book is very inspiring and I’m thinking a lot about Imperfectionism.
I know a lot of people, who think they have to be perfect, but it would be so much easier for them without it. If they ever would ask me for a recommendation what they should change, I hope I am able to say: Stop meaning you have to be perfect, the way you are is exactly how I like you, perfect imperfect 🙂

Our whole world an life is based on imperfect things – and so beautiful ! Imperfect things are beautiful! There is even a name for it “wabi-sabi”. Quote from Wikipedia:

Wabi-sabi represents Japanese aesthetics and world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”….
Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

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