I saw a quote recently that turned me on:
“No matter your profession, perfection isn’t achievable. Just look at The Beatles. They would leave flaws in their early recordings – like Paul’s voice cracking of John singing the wrong word – but those things made the end result magical. When today’s Auto-Tuned artists aim to be perfect, their songs lack that same richness. Pressuring employees to be perfect leads them to take desperate measures and cut corners. And it breeds mediocrity. If there’s an intolerance for accepting differences and flaws – and different ways of seeing, feeling, and operating – it suffocates the potential for innovation and creativity.”
– Marc Schoen, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Now, don’t get all huffy and think I completely agree with this quote.
Perfection in art is one thing. Perfection in engineering, another. Read the rest of this entry »