Being a Perfectionist

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A young teenage boy comes home from baseball practice and throws his dirty baseball pants in the laundry room. “Mom”, he calls from across the house “My game is tomorrow. Can you wash my baseball pants and have them ready for me?” She yells back with a mocking tone, “Yes son. Don’t I always?” He thanks her with a quick kiss on the cheeck and walks out of the back door.

His mom goes to the laundry room and


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21 thoughts on “Being a Perfectionist

  1. ekurie says:

    Sometimes great ideas are born of mistakes

  2. Rajiv says:

    Good post! I once had a boss, who was only interested in correcting my punctuation, even though I told him that I would be correcting that in the final draft. Not once did he comment on the matter.
    But then, he was not one for the trenches either, and could not imagine himself out there in the field, getting dirty with the rest

  3. A good illustration for the point you’re trying to make!

  4. I’ve always thought that the errors/mistakes/dirt were the best teachers. If we aren’t getting dirty, even just a little, then we aren’t growing! Excellent post!

  5. Dynamo Di says:

    What a great example!
    On the subject of dirty pants, I once sat in my local park and there was a father and son happily playing football. I was just thinking how lovely the scene was, then the father said to the son ‘mind you don’t get grass stains on your jeans, your mum will go mad’, and i thought how sad that their fun had to be spoiled because of a fear of a bit of muck on his pants

  6. Makes perfect sense. I have worked with leaders who want things to be perfectly clean and we waste so much trying to achieve that. I also know people who want everything ‘clean’ and they end up doing nothing for years!

    Your posts always come in handy.

  7. This is an excellent post…you make some really great points! Around my office, we use the phrases “majoring in the minors” and “Picking the salt from the pepper.” It’s amazing how often we get mired in details and forget to look at the overall achievement!

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