Toward Perfect

from Seth’s Blog

Draw a perfect circle. Use a compass or a plotter.

Now, zoom in. If you zoom in close enough, you’ll discover that it’s not a perfect circle at all. In fact, anything we create, at close enough magnification, isn’t perfect.

It’s foolish to wait until you’ve made something that’s perfect, because you never will. The alternative is to continue to move toward your imaginary ideal, shipping as you iterate.

Getting better is the path to better.

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27 Responses to Toward Perfect

  1. Mya Jackson February 23, 2020 at 7:26 pm #

    Although this post is very short, a very clear message stuck out to me. With the example of the perfect circle that was used, I came to understand what Seth was saying. We always try to do things “perfectly” but is anything we do actually perfect? If we look close enough we may realize that we can never be 100% perfect at anything that we do. Yes, we can get a 100% on a test or someone may tell us that the task we accomplished was “perfect”, however, I feel that no one is perfect and cannot be. We can be extremely close but there is always room for some sort of improvement and learning in everything that we do. That’s why the quote “getting better is the path to better” was meaningful to me because I took that to mean that the only way that we can be better at something is to practice over and over to get the result that we desire.

    For instance, I play basketball at the Division 1 level and it is challenging when there is school and social circumstances that occur also. I try so hard to be perfect that in the end all I do is stress myself out and make things worse. Instead of improving every day, I aim for perfection, something that I cannot reach. As hard is it is to know that truth, I’ve come to realize that my best is enough and even when I feel that I’m at that point of “perfection”, there is always something missing that can help me go even higher. I may be reading too much into this but that short few lines, really connected with what I’ve been taught and how I’ve been my entire life thus far.

  2. Selina Govani February 25, 2020 at 11:31 am #

    People thing there is a such thing as being perfect. That’s false. Nothing is perfect. There is no point is trying to make something perfect, because nothing is. One can get close to being perfect, but nothing actually is. Waiting for something to be perfect is like wasting time. There is no such thing as being perfect or waiting for the perfect timing.

    There is no such thing as being perfect. Instead, one should just wait too be better. Waiting for a better situation is better than waiting for something to be perfect because there is no such thing. One might be good at something and what they all do, but not perfect. One can ace a test, but no one is actually going to know everything in all subject matters and to handle a situation perfectly. ‘Practice Makes Perfect’ statement is not true because Practice something just makes you better at something, you don’t become perfect at it.

  3. G February 26, 2020 at 6:56 am #

    I first would like to begin this blog post with an important quote that sums up this article. The quote is by Samuel Johnson who declared “ It is reasonable to have perfection in our eye that we may always advance toward it, though we know it can never be reached.” The article in Seth’s blog is very short but is a message that can be expanded upon for days. Perfection is a moving target that we follow to become better people. Perfection for me is not making mistakes or being the best of who we are, but it recognizes our faults, and changes them for the better. In today’s world with technology, connectivity and great innovations come a greater inspiration for a perfect society or perfect people. It’s good to have perfection in our eyes just as Johnson declared, but understanding that perfection is a human construct that i believe was created due to our natural world. The closest thing to perfection is nature, the way the wind blows through the trees that dance to the music (Wind) and how the sun lights up our world and provides us heat even though it’s 92 million mile away. How the animals interact with each other knowing their objectives. Every thing we have created came from a perfect world, which creates a synthetic inner world with the desire to become perfect.I believe Perfection is already around us giving people the ability to see it first hand and use it to create imperfect objects. But I believe that the only way the Earth is perfect is due to us human being imperfect. The only way something could be perfect if it has something imperfect to reflect on which is us (Humans). SO for anyone who is striving for perfection please understand it’s around you already and you are part of it.
    Personally I don’t strive to be perfect due to it being unattainable, instead I search for progress, education, and experience to become a better me as well as impact others around me. I learned early in life that your mistakes are your shovel towards finding that diamond in the field and that diamond you possess is through your mind, body, and spirit. I will continue to use perfection as a moving target and keep it in my eye so I can progress everyday as an imperfect human in a perfect world.

  4. Robert Adelson February 26, 2020 at 8:34 pm #

    Perfection is something that we all tend to seek. If we are doing something, we want the outcome to be perfect. If we have a plan or event, we want it to go through or work perfectly. However, perfection is just an imagination and something that truly cannot be achieved. This concept is what Seth expresses in his blog. As human’s we can get so caught up in being perfect or doing something perfectly when it is something that is impossible to do or achieve. An example of this on a smaller scale is when the bride says her wedding is going to be perfect and nothing is going to happen. The people around her who are already married or have been to wedding laugh because they know it will not be perfect. Seth takes this concept and places it at a higher level.
    I agree with Seth that we never will make something perfect, and that perfection is imaginary. I believe that the reason for this is because of the different mindsets and opinions we have as humans. Everyone has a different view on how something is suppose to be done, how something is suppose to look, and even how a person is suppose to conduct themselves. This creates our different belief in perfection. It could be a simple as you thinking that a slice of pizza in the cafeteria is perfect. However a student may think that it is not perfect, that it is one of the worst slices ever. Even though something is perfect in your eyes, it is not perfect in someone else’s eyes. There is not or has not been one thing in the world where everyone has agreed or will agree that it is perfect. There is not an individual on Earth who is perfect to everyone.
    Instead of trying to be perfect or seeking perfection we should just try to be and do our best. We should give our best effort forward not matter what we are doing. It may not result in the perfection or the perfect outcome we are seeking. But it is the best way can do and we should be able to live with the fact that we did everything in our power or ability.

  5. Mihail E February 26, 2020 at 8:49 pm #

    Striving for perfection should be everyone’s goal in life in whatever they do. But it’s the idea of achieving perfection that gets most people. People should strive and work towards perfection, but not achieve it. That’s what it means being human. No one is perfect and nothing is perfect, as explained in the article above. We should strive to achieve perfection because we push ourselves to be the best all the time, but we must realize that we can never ever achieve perfection. As soon as we realize that, we can get rid of this confusion and just strive for greatness in whatever we do in life. Getting better at something is the path to becoming greater.

  6. Matt N February 26, 2020 at 8:56 pm #

    I read this a few times for it to really settle in for me. I very much like the overall message that this post is telling us. In a world where most people try to be perfect, it is good to read something that proves that nobody can achieve that status. It’s a good lesson to live by because if we all end up being perfect, there is nothing extraordinary to obtain in life. The line, “It’s foolish to wait until you’ve made something that’s perfect, because you never will,” is a good point to make because with a life that is filled with so much potential, if perfect meant satisfied, then life would have less meaning. Working to be better each and everyday will most likely eventually lead to greater success for yourself.

    Perfection to me is when you hit all the right notes and no mistakes are made. Going back to what the original post said, you can have all the assistance in the world to make that perfect circle, but with close examination, there will never be a time where you are “perfect.” It also, however, can be all about perspective as well. It is where you draw the line as to where you think you reach your maximum potential. Only you can decide what is or when it is perfect. While there will be occasions when that would happen, for example getting a 100% on a test or quiz in school could debunk this thought, when real world events or occurrences get to you, you are bound to make mistakes. You fail to grow as a person if you don’t learn from your mistakes, and trying to be perfect overnight will not happen. You have to keep working for it.

  7. Kyle Spivak February 26, 2020 at 9:36 pm #

    I believe the message here is to not be so enamored with doing something with 100% perfection, but rather with the most amount of effort that one can put into something. When we set on a path to achieve something, be it completing a project or intangible goal, we often lose what is important with the journey and begin to only focus on the end. The tribulations we face during the journey is what makes us better, as Seth states in his blog, “getting better is the path to better.” There is no perfect iteration of a project, and there is no reaching perfection by reaching the goal we’ve set for ourselves.

    Perfection is subjective anyway – what one person thinks of as the perfect piece of art another might disagree. So why do we meticulously slave away creating something that someone else will not see in the same way. Again, as I said before, what went into the piece of art? How much effort? What was learned along the journey of creating it? Ultimately (and hopefully), one should be able to answer the questions and see it that through all the struggles they became a better person because of it.

  8. Trevor Olivas February 27, 2020 at 10:30 am #

    Perfection is defined as the quality or state of being perfect. It is something that the human race strives for in everyday life. We attempt to make every aspect of our lives perfect in order to feel fulfilled and achieve maximum happiness. Worries are non-existent when believing all is perfect within life. While the idea of striving for the best is not a negative mindset, it is not a good mindset to have either. Nothing is truly perfect in life. Nothing has ever been completely perfect in history as a whole. Everything and everyone has their own advantages and disadvantages that are unique to them. Inventions throughout history were introduced as the next revolutionary item to advance society. While they did help society gain ground, they also have disadvantages that made them defective and faulty at times. The flaws that characterized these creations made it possible for refinements to be made either by the original creator or another scholar who wanted to expand upon the things they made. Weaknesses allow us to continuously better ourselves. Perfection implies that the subject at hand is a finished product that is flawless. Since perfection is not a legitimate concept, this can be translated into one believing that something is simply just good enough. Perfection should be something people strive for in order to achieve the best in something that they can. But, the road to achieving perfection is neverending as there are always things that can be changed and improved on. Especially in modern-day as new technologies are constantly introduced. The improvement of one thing can also indirectly affect your perfection goal as an advancement that can mean potential updates to your product. Instead of focusing on achieving perfection, focus on reaching your passion and enjoying yourself. This will further eliminate loads of stress and overwhelming emotions that are attached thus leading you to a happier life. Additionally, it will allow for life improvement as you are able to focus on what matters to you in life. The attempt to perfect something in your life is not a bad way of thinking as it can lead you to a quality product and better results. However, the notion of perfecting everything in your life is impossible as this can never be achieved and will result in a never-ending cycle that will ultimately waste time when you can contribute it to moving forward.

  9. Koji Sakulrat February 27, 2020 at 2:08 pm #

    Saying that something is perfect can be based on someone’s own opinion because in reality, nothing is ever truly perfect. But even though someone can’t be perfect, it does not mean that they shouldn’t strive to be as close to perfect as possible. Although this article is quite short, the message is clear. Everybody’s view on perfect will be different no matter who you ask since someone might think that perfect is when not one part of the process messed up but in fact, from someone else’s view a very little aspect can make something not perfect anymore. In the article it talks about how if you really zoom in enough on the circle, it isn’t perfect. I agree with this statement because something might look perfect from far away but when you really look into it from the closest view possible, there will always be a flaw there that people will point out resulting it to be not perfect
    I believe the message for this article is about the reality of being perfect and how that is not realistic in society. There will always be something that someone will point out as a flaw so instead of going for perfection, I feel that people should be striving until they are more than satisfied in whatever they are doing because becoming perfect will not only cause more stress to the person, but realistically, it’s not possible whatsoever.

  10. Colleen O'Keefe February 27, 2020 at 9:44 pm #

    Though this blog post was fairly brief, I found it to be very impactful. The idea of perfection is something that most people, if not all think about. It seems to be the goal in most situations and this article points out that in most situations, this is not actually possible. However, this should not be viewed as a bad thing. Striving towards perfection is the main motivator and if we reached perfection in everything, we would run out of things to do. While the thought of never reaching perfection could understandable be disheartening, what we should do instead is, as the article states, be striving towards that “imaginary ideal”. This way we do not lose that motivation that we had when we believed that perfection was a possibility.
    This article is focused on promoting getting better and not becoming perfect. Again, while initially, this can seem disheartening, it is intended to be much more encouraging than that by advocating continuous ambition. However, this reminded me of a Ted Talk that I had watched a year or so ago that discussed how ambition was killing us. The main point that this talk made was that now that people are working harder than ever before, it has led to a disconnect between us and the world despite being more connected due to technology. The speaker looks down on the relentless ambition while the article above seems to glorify it. I understand both sides, which makes both a bit more confusing and complex. On one hand, if you are aspiring to be successful and do well with your talks the article “Toward Perfect” pertains almost perfectly towards that scenario. On the other hand, if your main goal is peace, tranquility, or restfulness, the Ted Talk is likely to relate to your life more. However, if you, like myself, want to have a little bit of both, then what is the answer? Is it possible to feel content if you are always striving towards that imaginary perfect? Or will you ever feel truly satisfied with yourself if you are not working towards something that you want?

  11. Kassandra Griffin February 28, 2020 at 10:51 am #

    “Perfectionism is self-destructive simply because there’s no such thing as perfect. Perfection is an unattainable goal.” – Brene Brown
    This article is similar to the quote above in that both point out the impracticality of perfection. The article is short and to-the-point in saying to never settle for what is “perfect” because there is always something to improve on. This can be easily related to sports and athletes, especially professionals. Although professional athletes are easily the best in the world, they never stop practicing. What may seem like the “perfect shot” or the “perfect pitch” always has room for improvement. They do not settle for their “perfect” game because quite frankly, they will never reach it. You will find NBA shooting guards on the court still practicing their shot for hours a day, just as you will find undefeated boxers still training multiple times a day. While they may be considered “perfect” they understand the self-destructive nature in that mindset and continue to work on their craft.
    Rather than struggle with the impracticalities of perfection, some say that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master something. Rather than reach for the unattainable goal of perfection, mastering something still leaves room for improvement, just with better knowledge of it. Trying to “perfect” something will only stress you out and leave you more frustrated when you realize it is never going to happen. Getting better, as the article points out, is the path to better. Consistent practice and adjustments are the keys to getting better. Avoid striving for perfection, as there is always something to improve on to make you better.

  12. Marshall McGrath February 28, 2020 at 2:40 pm #

    Perfect, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is “having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be”. Now most people, especially those who are highly motivated, strive each day to be as perfect as possible because we as humans see perfect as the ultimate goal one can reach because when your perfect, you have nothing left to obtain. Now with people striving to be perfect, it does leave some to question if the goal of being perfect is even possible? According to a post from Seth’s blog titled Toward Perfect, nothing is perfect, and being perfect is not an attainable goal to reach. The post states that “It’s foolish to wait until you’ve made something that’s perfect because you never will”. Now usually, I agree with the points in Seth’s Blog, but in this case, I do not. While it may seem impossible for something to be perfect, an example form Seth’s blog being a circle drawn with a compass “Draw a perfect circle. Use a compass or a plotter. Now, zoom in. If you zoom in close enough, you’ll discover that it’s not a perfect circle at all”.
    Yes, deep down, it isn’t perfect, but that doesn’t mean that something can’t be perfect; maybe right now in this day and age, it might seem impossible for something to be perfect. In the future, however, to say that something won’t be perfect is absolutely ludicrous; the caveman couldn’t have envisioned the computer, but that doesn’t mean that no computer could ever exist. Now while we may not be able to grasp the concept of something being completely perfect, it doesn’t mean that in the long run that something won’t become perfect or that something perfect won’t be invented. By putting a cap on something saying that it won’t happen, that ends up compelling people not to attempt something because why do something that, according to someone else, is impossible, thus taking away one of humanity’s best traits, our imagination. Using the cliché phrase that many have said before, we should view perfect as highly unobtainable, not impossible because, as it has been stated, nothing is impossible; it is just highly improbable. Now with this being said, Seth’s blog does raise a valid point that “The alternative is to continue to move toward your imaginary ideal, shipping as you iterate. Getting better is the path to better”. To me, this is a good idea because nothing is as unmotivating then when you try so desperately to reach a goal but never do, and for all those who strive to be perfect, this will more than likely be the case. Therefore, instead of trying to be perfect, we should strive to be our best selves or whatever goal that makes us happy as long as it is somewhat feasible, which makes it so that we can end up obtaining the goal and feel successful and empowered.

  13. Vasudave Taneja February 28, 2020 at 3:02 pm #

    Living in a time where our lives are fabricated and narrowed down to just the highlights for the world to see, the hunger for perfection is at an all-time high. People across the world strive to be flawless, but not by altering their behaviors in a way to benefit them, but rather, they instead try and conceal any imperfections to create a façade of an ideal life. In Seth Godin’s “Toward Perfect” blog post, he emphasizes the fact that nothing is ever perfect, and it is unreasonable to put our lives on halt in an attempt to create perfection and instead, our focuses should be placed on continuously improving and working towards our goals to get better. As people, we must work towards accepting the process of being the best version of ourselves and not getting distracted by the falsity of overall personal excellence.
    In 1986, Masaaki Imai, a Japanese management consultant, brought the Japanese word, “Kaizen,” to the Western world. This term translates to “improvement” and is backed by a theory that places emphasis on continual improvement. Imai once said, “Kaizen is everyday improvement, everybody improvement, everywhere improvement.” The implementation of this word into our lives and actions is what Godin is advocating for in his statement, “Getting better is the path to better.” Considering there is no definition of what perfection is and it is an idea that people blindly chase in hopes of achieving, it locks us all in an upscaled rat-race where we are going after something that is unattainable. Rather than doing this, we should believe more wholeheartedly in the idea of setting an achievable goal for ourselves and giving fuel to our ambition, by increasing our goals in increments rather than expecting everything overnight.
    I believe that the idea of perfection is subjective and in order to be content with oneself, one’s judgment of one’s own accomplishments is based on the perspective of the person and if one does not learn satisfaction, this chase never ends. It is important to keep ourselves in mind and instead of trying to be perfect, we should work towards a goal until we are personally satisfied with the results we are getting. Society finds value in the term perfectionism as opposed to appreciating what one gains while progressing towards what WE would like to achieve not what we are told to work towards. Setting aim solely for perfection is setting oneself up for failure and disappointment.

  14. Joe C. February 28, 2020 at 4:17 pm #

    Seth’s post speaks about an interesting point of view. It basically states that everything humans do is imperfect and there is no way of achieving perfection. Perfection is defined as satisfying all requirements or corresponding to an ideal standard or an abstract idea. I believe individuals has their own viewpoint of what perfection is and we have the possibility to achieve it.

    From an activity standpoint, let us imagine an artist using a basketball to paint Yao Ming, a famous basketball player. It took time and dedication to execute this painting perfectly and accurately to get a true depiction of Ming. How is this not perfect? Now, let’s imagine Kurt Warner, an ex-NFL QB. He throws a football into the corner of the end zone, over the defender’s hand, and into the receiver’s hand to score a touchdown. For soccer fans, imagine Lionel Messi, a professional soccer player kicking the ball into the top right corner of the goal, directly between the goalie and cross bar. These are a few examples of how individuals can be perfect. Perfectionism if one’s own perception of achievement and it is why individual’s work harder to become better.

    If you wish to see the painting of Yao Ming, copy and past the link blow.

  15. Arthur Knowler February 28, 2020 at 4:41 pm #

    Nothing ever created in this world will be perfect. There will always be flaws, something that could be improved, or some aspect made more efficient. This is the power of innovation; it is the cycle that always continues regardless of how groundbreaking something is. Perfection can never occur because the definition of perfection will always change as things become more and more “perfect”. We can see this cycle in literally every aspect of our lives. The way we communicate changes every single day. The devices we use to communicate become more powerful daily. The way we grow food and provide for ourselves continues to become more environmentally friendly and sustainable yearly. We continue to prosper in the field of knowledge, discovering new lifeforms, planets, and solutions to problems constantly. We even improve upon how we educate out youth and what we teach them. There are many things that continue to become more innovative and impressive in; however, there will never be anything that humankind will perfect. I believe that the most successful people understand that nothing can be perfect. However, they always strive for perfection in whatever they do. The ability to humble oneself and understand that there is always room to improve is a crucial skill that makes for a more successful mindset. If you do anything in life with the mindset that your accomplishments are satisfactory you fail to push yourself towards greatness. This does not mean that one shouldn’t accredit themselves for their accomplishments, but it should provide an incentive to continue in the search for knowledge and achievement. Especially as students, it is important for us to feel this drive and not be content with the bare minimum. The work world becomes more and more competitive every single year and jobs are becoming scarcer. This means that those who are satisfied with the bare minimum become less than the bare minimum. It is important that now students go above and beyond the bare minimum and strive for perfection, never being satisfied. Once one accepts something as perfect, they immediately fail in pushing themselves and going above the bare minimum.

  16. Andrew Sciancalepore February 28, 2020 at 6:25 pm #

    Within this blog post on Seth’s Blog, it covers the overall topic of the process of achieving perfection, whether it is in one’s life in one capacity or another. It is an unattainable imagination that each of us possesses but in strive to do the best we can in this life of ours. The best we can is the only way to follow when pursuing your own personal and overall ambitions. Without that correct mindset, one will not succeed. However, perfection, in many people’s eyes, is a strangle and hassle to follow routinely. As when events or occurrences don’t go someone’s preferred way, it then could shatter the idea of one’s potential perfection, which can negatively effect someone.
    Within my life, I have found the pursuit of perfection can be difficult with many things happening around you and that you personally need to fulfill on a daily basis. Whether that be school, work, family obligations, and one’s own health, it can be dangerous to not understand what perfection’s own meaning and idea define as, which is the mindset of striving to do your best in whatever you choose to pursue. For me, my relationship with perfection is that I make sure to work as hard as I can, and if something need be happens to effect me negatively or a mistake is genuinely made, to reply with even better effort and thinking moving past that event. The tired perfection notion of absolute perfection needs to be dismissed and this blog post goes to prove that point.

  17. Justin Mathews February 28, 2020 at 8:25 pm #

    What a brief yet insightful blog-post. It’s funny, because, I’ve heard this same advice in various different disciplines I’ve encountered during my life. In a period where I was learning how to draw and paint, a piece of advice that I’ll never forget was to “not get stuck on single piece.” Obviously at face value, you can infer reasons as to why it’s a bad idea to stick to a piece for too long, but the exact meaning was lost on me for many years. But I’ve learned that it’s because no matter how long you work on that piece, you’ll probably never achieve “perfection”. It’s better to keep moving — to take what you’ve learned, and to apply these teachings to your next work.

    I perceive a similar message from this post. You’ll never become a great writer if you’re stuck on the same conventions and ideas that you may have had back in middle school — in the same way that it’d be hard to become a great actor if you could only express the emotions of a single archetype. But beyond these professions, I think these words can be applied to many facets of life. Sometimes, it may just be better to move on and experience something new for a change. Or maybe it’s time to explore a new route of thinking and leave the old behind. Besides the ideas of not being stuck on the same thing, this post also speaks on how nothing we do will ever be “perfect”. While this can be depressing for some, we must come to the realization that although we won’t create something that is perfect, it doesn’t mean that we can’t try our best. Instead, we should try to achieve the best we can possibly achieve, and let that be our sense of perfection.

  18. Alexander Silverstein February 28, 2020 at 8:37 pm #

    On social media platforms, people constantly act like they are perfect. Celebrities and normal people love to post on social media how perfect their lives are when in reality no one is perfect. People love to share their success on social media, while never sharing their downfalls or mistakes. This social media mentality is very dangerous for the youth around the world. Kids today idolize celebrities on social media thinking they are perfect human beings that never face adversity or make mistakes. However, we are human beings and human beings make mistakes everyday. It doesn’t matter if you’re a billionaire or homeless, we will always be imperfect human beings. It is necessary for parents and educators to teach the youth that what they see on social media is not real life. For the youth growing up on social media, they’re not taught that everything in life is not perfect and along the way they will make mistakes and face adversity.

    In Seth’s Blog, he explains drawing a perfect circle, “Now, zoom in. If you zoom in close enough, you’ll discover that it’s not a perfect circle at all. In fact, anything we create, at close enough magnification, isn’t perfect. This quote by Seth is correct because no matter how hard we do something it will never be perfect because nothing is perfect no matter what. For example, Lebron James no matter how hard he works, will never be a “perfect” basketball player. A perfect basketball player makes no mistakes, never misses a shot and plays perfect defense. There is no doubt that Lebron James is an amazing basketball player, but he isn’t perfect, nobody is.

    Seth continues the blog by stating, “It’s foolish to wait until you’ve made something that’s perfect, because you never will. The alternative is to continue to move toward your imaginary ideal, shipping as you iterate”. Having been on this earth for twenty years, I understand that I will never be a perfect person and will make mistakes everyday. However, it should be my duty to try my best and correct those mistakes to become a better person. For example, my biggest mistake currently is procrastination. This semester I have tried to take small steps to improve my procrastination and have seen some progress. Life is challenging and frustrating at times, but it will always get better.

  19. Kevin Orcutt February 28, 2020 at 8:51 pm #

    I have always been a fan of Seth’s blog because he makes his posts short, sweet, but effective. This one particularly is a good topic to talk about because it is very relevant for me. I have always been the type to try and make everything I do perfect. This is because I take a lot of pride in the things that I do and want to put my best work forward. I have noticed that it does limit my productivity significantly when I put so much time into work, or personal things that I am doing. I am left cramming things at the end and them not getting done as well as the first sometimes. This is bad especially because Seth is right, everything we do cannot be perfect. No matter how much time we put into things, they will never be perfect. How many times do applications get updated because there is always things that must get fixed from the last update that they did? They get updated all the time. We must put our best effort into work without obsessing over it so that it does not limit our productivity. This also can be used to explain when we think people are perfect. When you look closer at them, they are not perfect whatsoever. Celebrities and pretty or handsome people are always seen as the figures that we must attain. Girls starve themselves to attain figures of these people that seem to be perfect, but the reality is that they are not. A lot of these people are doing drugs or have massive problems in their personal life regarding relationships for their families. Chasing perfection is pointless, because there is no such thing. We can only try to reach the best of our ability and then keep learning more things in other areas so that we can be well versed and spread out time out effectively. I don’t know how long it will take me to apply this into my daily routine, but I need to eventually. My most recent attempt at this was redoing the headliner in my project car. I couldn’t get it to come out absolutely perfect but put it up in the car anyway. It was up in the car, looked great, and just because there were some blemishes didn’t make it any less cool. The other option would have been to spend more money to get more material and then it not being in the car for that much longer taking up more of my time and space.

  20. Garret Potter February 28, 2020 at 9:56 pm #

    This post, despite being quite short, is quite insightful. I believe that, today, we live in a society full of perfectionists. Being a perfectionist is sometimes considered a good thing as any work that is being done by the person will be done without any error. However, life is too short to make sure that everything you do is done perfectly. This does not mean that a valiant effort should not be made when attempting anything new, or that one’s best shot was not given when completing work. This concept is simply illustrating the fact that there is a difference between perfect and good enough. Sometimes good enough is simply good enough and should be treated as such. There are too many places that need to be explored and too many experiences that need to be had for someone to spend all of their time trying to perfect their work. The end of this article illustrates this concept in the best way possible, “getting better is the path to better.” One should not focus on being perfect, one should focus on being better than who they were the day before. Yes, it is true that by following this principle one cannot become perfect, but they will become the best version of them self and they will have lived a full life. Overall, this article was eye-opening to say the least and I genuinely felt as if my life was changed by reading this.

  21. Christopher McGowan March 5, 2020 at 11:37 pm #

    I read this blog post from Seth a few times over to really understand what Seth was trying to say, he starts his post by telling us to use a compass to draw a perfect circle then tells us to zoom in closely and what you will realize is that it is not a perfect circle at all, which was kind of interesting to me as I actually never realized this. Seth goes to say this is true in life as well as nothing is actually perfect when you look close enough, just like the circle. Seth made me think as I feel perfection is about perspective and what you find perfect in your own eyes as something I find perfect may not be at all to someone else, Seth goes on to say since nothing is actually completely perfect it is silly to wait for something to be perfect, you should keep moving toward what you find ideal, as constantly trying to achieve perfection will set you back, I completely agree with this as getting caught up in trying to make something perfect can just make things harder for yourself, as long as you keep working and move toward (in Seth’s words) “your imaginary ideal”, Seth is saying we should work towards what we find to be ideal and you will get better in the process, I feel this relates to a common saying “practice makes perfect” except your not actually able to be perfect but by practicing and getting better is what really matters, that is true perfection, I feel this is what Seth is trying to say in his blog post. I think this post relates to this course as I feel I’m always trying to be perfect when really I should just keep putting in my best work as nothing I write or talk about will ever be perfect, but as I keep trying I will get better.
    Seth wraps up his post by saying “Getting better is the path to better” this goes back to what I said before about ‘Practice makes perfect’ the only way to get better is to actually try and get better that will set you on the right path to be the best you can be. I really haven’t thought about something being “Perfect” to much before I read this blog post but what Seth said really made me think as what is really perfect, I feel I have seen perfection achieved, maybe there maybe never be a perfect circle but I feel if you do what your told to the best of your ability who’s to say you can’t be perfect.

  22. Ndzalama March 6, 2020 at 2:51 pm #

    Perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect the more I type the word the less meaning it has to me. What does it mean to be perfect? What is perfection? I don’t think I have ever thought about the word perfect and what it means. Honestly nothing can ever truly be perfect, you can try your best to work until you can get as close to possible as perfect but that is always as far as you will get. You will never attain perfection, but you can get awfully close to it. All you really can do is work to better yourself from the person you were the day before. There really isn’t much I can tell you about perfection except for the fact that it is unattainable. Hold on maybe one could say that perfection is in the eye of the beholder, other people might not think that it is perfect but to you it could be the epitome of perfection so maybe you can also say that perfection is opinionated. There are many ways you can see and understand the word perfection, there is a deeper meaning to the word, and it depends on how deep your understanding of the true meaning of perfection is. I have only scratched the surface of the word but to my understanding perfection could be as I said a word used to motivate you into bettering yourself. That way you will have a goal that is presented before you and you can work every day in order to achieve that goal of perfection. You may never reach that goal in your lifetime but you can probably come really close to it and at that point when your life is a the end you can pass it on to the next generation and they can continue your legacy and goal of attaining this so called perfection. So if there is one thing that I would like you to take from this response is that don’t waste your time saying that you will only do something if it is perfect but rather keep doing whatever it is that you love and strive to achieve your ideal version of perfection and don’t let anyone else stop you over and out.

  23. John McKenna March 13, 2020 at 11:51 am #

    This article stood out too me since its proposal was so preposterous to begin with. I know for sure I can’t draw a perfect circle. But that is exactly the message this article tries to drive home while you are reading it. Perfection is an idea; a concept of something that could be. But to base your creations or acts or goals on a perfect ideal is an easy way to leave yourself disappointed and defeated. Even the article’s short length is a part of the message. It a simple message, you needn’t do anything else but try to be better, and aim to improve, but not for perfection. It is important to not feel defeated if you don’t improve right away, as it is all about persistence. I’ve always said that ‘Practice makes perfect’ is the biggest understatement in human history.
    Just this last Christmas Santa graced me with a longboard. I had no idea how to use it, and when I first went outside I had hurt myself falling within 5 minutes of my attempt due to my inexperience and foolishness. I had tried a few more time and couldn’t really get the hang of it. Upon returning to Seton Hall, I continued to try an learn, but I was quickly becoming disheartened by my lack of progress and started to believe I was never going to be able to ride board.
    The funny thing about learning something new, is that at some point in the learning process, there’s a click. It can happen weeks after first learning something or it could happen right after you try it for the first time, but it always comes at some point. And once it clicks, it’s like a whole new world has opened before you. Understanding fills the crevices in your thoughts where there were once questions, and suddenly you can understand a math equation or, in my case, hop on a longboard and ride through campus with friends. Not only was it great to finally be able to ride, I felt proud in the fact that I set a goal to learn board and accomplished it all on my own. The feeling of pride and accomplishment is half the reason why its worth sticking with something until you get it right; not only are you happier, but you are motivated to keep on pushing in the future.

  24. Shivani Parekh April 8, 2020 at 6:16 pm #

    When working on an important task or project, many strive to perfection and work on it until they are satisfied with the results. This article, despite it being short demonstrates the importance of life and how nothing in life will ever be perfect. The author’s example of a perfect circle showcases that someone pay look perfect on the outside but if you look deeper it is not. I believe the meaning of this article is for the author to analyze the importance of understanding that it’s more important to move on then focus on completing one task until it is perfect, because nothing can be perfect. Every situation or accomplish someone deals with and or receives isn’t handed to them. There are many challenges and obstacles that the individual faced in order to get to where they are. Many work hard and are not satisfied with the end result. It is important for people to not give up on their dreams because eventually an opportunity will come up that completes them. No individual has a perfect life, any have gone through many hardships and challenges that got them where they are now. There are many speculations about the word perfect. Many individuals believe that nothin in the world is perfect, no human being and or life can be perfect. On the other hand, they’re a people that believe that they have the perfect life. The word “perfect” can have different meaning to each individual. The way one interprets the word perfect showcases on whether or not they prefer the easy way and do anything with out any effort or work hard and achieve just more than one thing.This article delivers an important message to individuals. It makes individuals think about that focusing on one thing won’t get them anymore, having multiple things lined up is the better solution in order to be satisfied with the end result.

  25. Gianni Lerza April 9, 2020 at 1:52 pm #

    Despite this article being very short, the message is very clear: nobody’s perfect. People spend too much time in their lives striving for perfection, but when we take a deeper look, nobody or nothing is as perfect as they seem. Rather than striving for perfection, the author encourages people to try and get better every day. This also goes for the age old saying, ‘practice makes perfect’. In reality, we are not making ourselves perfect through practicing, we are just making ourselves better. I like to always tell myself that no matter how good you think you are, there is always someone better than you and there is always room for improvement. I feel that by keeping these in the back of my head, I can stop striving for perfection, and work on bettering myself.

  26. Steven Kang April 24, 2020 at 1:36 pm #

    There’s something weirdly refreshing about such a short post like this. So many things, whether it be new articles, blogs, YouTube videos, or any sort of media, likes to oversaturate their content full of irrelevant information. When something could be told in a few sentences ends up being multiple paragraphs, it feels tedious to read and digest. I, honestly, think that is one of the more memorable posts that I have read doing these weekly blog comments. I completely agree with this interpretation of perfection. As much as we like to preach, “practice makes perfect,” nothing could ever be of max quality. I would love to hear phrases like, “There is always room for improvement” because anything we make could be improved in some aspect. Seth tells us to magnify anything we accomplish, and there is always something that can be made better. He also tells us in the third section to keep going. I couldn’t agree more with the sentence, “It’s foolish to wait until you’ve made something that’s perfect, because you never will.” I believe from the moment you are a child, to a fragile old person, you are chasing a goal. Whether it be huge milestones like graduating college, raising a family, or pay off a mortgage, there is always another road to take; That road will then lead to another. It is important to stay fixated on that goal because that is what makes us human. If we just exist just to exist, then what is the point?

  27. Natalia Z May 27, 2020 at 1:35 pm #

    As usual, Seth provides some great insight in this blog post. As humans, we all want to be perfect. The reason for this, is because society defines the word perfect with images of faces and the way bodies are formed. A dictionary however will define the same word as having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be. This ultimately is an unattainable goal and Seth tries to explain this in an unbiased yet opinionated way. Seth uses an example of drawing a circle, showing that no matter what you use to make that circle it isn’t perfect. Another example could be an artist, who makes the most beautiful drawing that mankind has ever seen, and it would not be perfect. All it would be is the most beautiful drawing. The drawing will still have its critics. One person may see no flaws in the drawing yet another person will find the flaws right away. There cannot be a concrete definition of perfection if there is opinion. Many people may agree with one another and say the drawing is “perfect” but, there will also be many people who disagree, so what’s perfect to one person may not be perfect to another.

    Seth concludes his post saying “getting better is the path to better.” There are many different perceptions and reasons for striving after perfection, but in the end, everyone ultimately comes up with the same conclusion. The desire for perfection stems from a desire to be happy, to live in an ideal existence, lacking nothing, fully developed, and complete. The only way to be happy in a life obsessed with perfection is to accept imperfections and realize perfection is not something to do, it is something to become next. I am not perfect, you are not perfect, and none of the people around you are perfect and that’s okay!

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