The Pursuit of Perfection

I’ve started reading Jobs. As the title implies, it’s about the life of Steve Jobs. I’m about 20% (this has replaced page #’s) of the way through and Steve’s pursuit of designing perfection is always apparent. I’ve written about perfection before so this isn’t groundbreaking by any means but worth re-visiting.

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A common theme among the elite is perfection.  Perfection differs depending on the project and the person. Take this blog post.  If I say I only want to release it when I believe it’s perfect, will it ever be published?

perfectionNope. First of all, the idea for the post isn’t insanely great. If all I ever was trying to achieve was perfection, I’d have a total of 0 blog posts.  My skills do not allow me to achieve impeccable results. This is the issue with 97% of people roaming the earth.

steve-jobs-crazy-onesSteve Jobs was born different. He didn’t follow the rules and had a gift bestowed upon him that average people don’t have. Perfection is subjective but some people’s understanding of pure greatness varies.

Perfection is why Apple is the most valuable company in the world. As I finish the remaining 80% of the this book I may change these thoughts but what I’ve taken out of the beginning is attention to detail and perfection separate the elite from the great.

By |2015-02-28T09:55:53-05:00February 28th, 2015|My Brain|0 Comments

Time To Perfect

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I’ve been viewing reddit (a more intelligent Fukung and easier to navigate than 4Chan) a lot and came across a fun read that explained why George R. R Martin takes so long to write each Game of Thrones book. I was unable to locate the link, which blows my mind, but the point behind it was that he perfects every little detail. Say he writes a chapter and it moves in the editing process – 90% is unusable, 6% is good, 3% is wonderful, and 1% is gold. He then goes back and continues this process until he produces what is becomes the most popular fantasy books of our time. This technique isn’t rocket science but I doubt many of us do it.

Another example, “Despite the polished and complex nature of the Aeneid, legend stating that Virgil wrote only three lines of the poem each day.” It took 10 years to write and had 10,000 words. I compare stories like this to my work and it’s laughable. Most of the time I’m so hurried to publish the post that I don’t even bother to proof read it. Of course this isn’t ideal but when I weigh not posting for 6 months until I produce something of value compared to cranking out as many entries as I can hoping to strike gold, it’s not much of a thought. Even if I spent an inordinate amount of time of every post, it wouldn’t blow up the way I’d expect. Here are a few things I can do to make my blog posts better:

  • Well thought out original pictures with each post
  • Using a thesaurus to make each part of speech the perfect description
  • Not being quick to publish entries and taking ideas and formulating quality posts
  • Make sure keywords, hyperlinks, and titles are all included and well thought out
  • All spacing makes blog visually appealing

This concept obviously translates over to more than just writing. It’s everything you do and how meticulous you are in perfection. I remember Seinfeld saying that he would try out 20 different words and say them all differently to make his jokes hit the punchline expertly. This is the difference between pros and amateurs. Until this switch gets flipped, mediocrity ensues. It’s easy to get tired of something or better put, hard to know when it’s actually “perfect”. Take this post, I spent more time than I usually do but I’m not going to keep in my queue for another 3 days researching more examples and come up with better support to it. It just is what it is.

By |2013-11-12T20:12:43-05:00November 12th, 2013|My Brain|0 Comments

Perfect

To achieve perfection should be an impossibility. I don’t mean in any one event but to develop yourself into as perfect of a human being as you can be. I used to think the goal of life was to be happy but as the days wear on, I believe the art of perfection is what people should strive for. If everyone does, our country will have a chance to dig itself out of this awful state we are in. What irks me the most is that the people who put forth the effort and work hard, end up carrying the poor and the lazy.

What do I mean by perfection? First of all, everyone’s level of perfection is different because we all don’t have the same abilities. However, attempting to attain the goal of being the best you can be (my definition of perfection) should supersede anything else. For example, if you are fat it’s probably because you are lazy. So even though you are helping our economy by spending more on food, you drag us down by being less productive. If you smoke cigarettes not only are you a drag because you have no endurance but you are contributing to corporate greed because you are weak willed and succumb to addiction. Alcohol drinking specifically brings me down because it takes my cash and makes me do stupid things that cost me more cash and also turns me into an unproductive mess.

Another example I have to define my point will involve Ck4 and his driving. He’s fearful of driving because there is (life?) risk involved and therefore avoids it as much as possible. This is an awful attitude to have because it shows that he has no confidence in his own abilities and has pretty much given up on trying to do a better job. Just a quick story on his driving that I witnessed first hand. We were going to make a right into CVS and there was a biker to the right on the same path next to us. Ck4 gets this brilliant idea to cut him off and make the turn in front of him, so he guns the gas and he chickens out on the turn and slams on the breaks so that we now are stopped 5 feet past the entrance and the biker is wondering what the fuck is this clown doing. My point is that yes, he is an awful driver but rather than say “I’m going to get better at this,” CK4 just accepts the fact that he’ll never be a good driver. That is the problem and why my idea of perfection should be what everyone strives for. It’s not to be perfect, but rather to do your best at any and everything.

I feel like this post has a hitleresque theme to it by trying to create the perfect person but more just mean it to not sell yourself short and know that you can be a better person if you want with just some effort. Believe me, I’m far from perfect and could improve in so many areas that I don’t have enough time to list all my faults. Like JKash says “you’re not good at things.” Also understand that this is a blog and I can take stances that I might not exactly agree with but will anyhow for the sake of the theme.

By |2010-08-05T13:51:42-04:00August 5th, 2010|My Brain|0 Comments

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