Pursue Excellence, Not Perfection

When I was a teenager, I had one friend, who when invited to join whatever the group was doing that day, would always reply, “I don’t know. Let me see what else is going on.” He did this to all of his friends. Every time.
With a life philosophy of waiting for the best to come along, I wonder how many good times he missed out on. In truth, no matter how great some of those other plans probably sounded to him, I’m sure not all of them were superior to the plans he chose to pass up.
Have you ever felt that way when it comes to your job search? Have you ever let something good pass you by because you were holding out for perfect? I’m not talking about settling. I’m talking about being able to recognize an opportunity that may not be the definition of perfection, but can still be good enough.
The definition of perfection includes phrases like, “something that cannot be improved,” and “freedom from fault or defect.” Let’s be honest with ourselves, perfection doesn’t offer a lot of room for growth. Good, on the other hand, is a perfectly acceptable option that leaves plenty of room to grow and adapt.
With some hard work and maybe a little flexibility, good, when pursued and allowed to grow, can become excellent.
So stop waiting to see “what else is going on.” Give yourself the freedom to choose good, and watch where it can take you.