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part eccentric ... part fun .... stubborn .. but not stuck up ... very open to different views, ideas and possibilities ... varied interests ... engineer ... mba ... trying-to-be-a-good-entrepreneur ... ex-software ... ex-quality ... ex-tobacco ... ex-alcohol ... trying-to-be-ex-cancer
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Friday, December 07, 2007

Honed to Perfection ???

This article was recommended by Subbu in a comment on Susu's blog-post about some transient midlife-crisis/existential-dilemma

It says that, many a times, the search for perfection is not good for you ... that the extra load and worry is just not worth it ...

I agree ... not because I am a lazy bum (you guessed wrong) ... but because I have always believed in "ek lohaar ki"

Wouldn't it be great if we all knew when to stop ... we could just show up ... make maximum impact ... and then rush out before the law of diminishing returns kicks in

I cannot paste the whole article ... nytimes copyright rules bar free distribution ... but you can always follow the URL
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/04/health/04mind.html

I guess folks in the software world would find the concept familiar. One of the warnings, given at the time of training, is against gold-plating

So folks ... chill out ... take it easy and enjoy

6 comments:

Bland Spice said...

as said in the post, there are three ways of restlessness -

One of them, not living up to your own expectations. Contrast this with the one of not living up to the expectations of others from you as you perceive it. It is easier to shrug off the second factor by shedding off the weight of the world on your shoulders. But you carry your own weight within.

Your own expectations are you; it's my belief taht people ultimately are only defined by what they want and not what they have.

I think the article was stepping on the territory of not living up to your standards of "achievement", i.e., not achieving what you wanted. Perfection is the incessant mania to keep bettering on a present body of work.

It does not include the depression of not actually doing what you really think you should be doing... and please, don't give me stuff about "Just Do IT". It's a platitude for many of us from the third world country who have to either decide on a selfish thrust for glory or dying in the blaze of it or duties.

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