I was thinking about how fast most of our world moves. We get into relationships, into bed, into marriage, into kids in record time these days. The same is true for the business world. We put up our websites, make our sales and become successful in record time, right? For some of us that’s true, but for most of us we’re coming to the conclusion that record time isn’t working anymore. Most of us don’t instantly become a success on Facebook or YouTube, we actually have to do some work to be successful. Turns out, that might be the best thing for all of us. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to rush through life, I want to enjoy it.
Our desires to succeed war with our desires to be perfect, our desires to have a life we love and our desires to be accepted. But the thing that is true for all of them is that it takes work to get there and most of us won’t get there on the first try. Very rarely is perfection achieved, is a perfect romantic partner found, or does a child do their homework right on the first attempt.
We spend most of our lives learning and trying, yet we still think that there is some magical ability to bypass that essential aspect of our lives. It’s only when we accept that learning, trying and failures are not only essential but acceptable is when we can really begin exploring and achieving our potential.
If we all accepted the first batch or first try as the way it was we’d be missing out on a lot of things. We wouldn’t have lights, we wouldn’t have working airplanes, and we wouldn’t have buildings as we know them today, just to name a few things that we’ve known have failed in the past. The choice we have is to accept that perfection takes more than just luck. It takes hard work, failure and a willingness to not give up or give in.
Will you do what it takes to get closer to perfection or are you too busy running to the finish line?
“Aim at a high mark and you’ll hit it. No, not the first time, nor the second time. Maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect.” Annie Oakley