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Recently I read an excellent blog by author Neil Steinberg called Pursuing Perfection which got me thinking about this concept (yes, concept) called perfection.

Neil gives examples of where “the perfect is not always so perfect”, such as Michael Jordan failing in the final seconds of a 1995 NBA playoff game, or a sphere of pure silicon created during a space flight that upon minutely close inspection has tiny (i.e., 35 nanometer) fluctuations. Small imperfection, yes. Imperceptible to the human eye. But a flaw nonetheless.

In addition he notes that handing out of a judgment that perfection has been attained – for example gymnast Nadia Comaneci earning the first 10’s in Olympic gymnastics history in 1976 – can be momentarily satisfying but fleetingly so. Since that day in 1976, scores of 10 are both more commonplace and questionably the mark of gymnastic perfection.

So, as I like to think about, write about, consult about “revealing and attaining your potential”, I wonder if perfection is the destination, or the journey? In light of the thought that arriving at perfection somehow then ruins it, I’m inclined to choose the journey.