Words of Wisdom #11

If you look for perfection, you will never be content.

– Leo Tolstoy

As everyone has heard time and time again, no one is perfect. That doesn’t stop people from feeling the pressure to be perfect. When I was in high school, my parents were fairly tough on keeping my grades up. High A’s were preferred, low A’s tolerable, and a B might as well have been an F.

What I didn’t realize at the time was my parents weren’t asking for perfection. They wanted to make sure I pushed myself to reach my full potential and do my best. They did not want me to just give up easily on a task that was challenging. While it was stressful and nerve-racking at the time, it did instill a strong work ethic and perseverance in me that has benefited me in college and at work.

How often do you catch yourself striving for perfection? How do you cope with not being perfect?

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