Perfecting or Fearing Failure

There are minor details
that warrant perfection
before release
even if it doesn’t matter
to some.

Then there are major details
that does not warrant perfection
before release
because the point
is to test our fear.

Where failure itself
will be as valuable
as success.

We are often paralyzed
in front of the prospect
of doing the latter.

VUCA + ALOS

When there is
volatility,
there is likely to be
anxiety.

When there is
uncertainty,
there is likely to be
loneliness.

When there is
complexity,
there is likely to be
overwhelm.

When there is
ambiguity,
there is likely to be
shame.

Winning

For some reason,
“winning“
has become a dirty word
in business.

Perhaps what’s needed
is a clear discernment
between winning
a zero sum game,
vs playing our own game,
where “winning“
is not defined
as zero sum.

Perfectionism

Sometimes
we judge perfectionism
as if it’s
“bad.”

No.

In the long-term,
perfectionism
is what may be required
to achieve
beauty.

In the short-term,
we may have to prioritize
in order to achieve
other milestones
that buy us the time we need
to achieve beauty
in the long-term.

The challenge isn’t perfectionism,
it’s prioritization.

May we not throw the baby
out with the bath water

For the will to perfect
when managed well
can endow us with the strength
to endure the pain it may require
to achieve beauty.

Using Emotions

We are not
angry.

We have
anger.

We are not
afraid.

We have
fear.

We are not
ashamed.

We have
shame.

The moment we take ownership
of an emotion,
just as we take ownership
of a car,
may also be the moment
we use them
to get to point B
from point
A
instead of letting them drive us
to where we do not wish
to go.