Every year, I rerun my popular 4-part series on perfectionism and how to overcome its potentially crippling effects on creativity. Here’s the first installment:
I currently have a half-written blog post about perfectionism and its destructive effect on creativity. For some reason, every time I get back to it, I’m interrupted…hmmm…there’s that stressful life making things difficult again…
Until I can finish up what I have to say about the evils of perfectionism, I’m going to share a few words of wisdom on the topic from other creative people:
A lot of disappointed people have been left standing on the street corner waiting for the bus marked Perfection.
Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough – that we should try again.
The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.
The maxim ‘Nothing but perfection’ may be spelled ‘Paralysis’.
Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.
An artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
Perfectionism is the enemy of creation…