Why distinction trumps perfection

by Daniel Batten on November 9, 2010

Who has a distinctive voice? Anthony Robbins, Winston Churchill, Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Elvis Presley

Who has a perfect voice? An elocution or singing coach.

Which takes longer to cultivate?
Which gives the greatest reward?
And yet when it comes to trying to do anything – which one do we normally focus on?

People try to be a perfect leader, give perfect presentations, run a perfect business, do a perfect report at work or come across perfectly in a job interview. This very striving for perfection results in a performance which is stressful for you and unremarkable for others. It is not perfection that touches us but distinction.

This is interesting though not wholly surprising: school trained you to aim for perfection, not uniqueness.

Make one powerful decision today: decide to go for distinction over perfection. It takes less time and, unless you really are an Olympic figurestaker, generates faster results.

PS: Who has a distinctive and near perfect voice? Michael Jackson… But it came at the cost of a childhood.

PPS: I am talking about general truths in business and professional development course. Perfection has it’s place. So all you air traffic controllers keep up the perfection – I love you just the way you are.

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craig Anthony November 9, 2010 at 4:02 pm

As usual, entertaining and enlightening. keep on violating my inbox, love ya work.

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