quote by Harriet B. Braiker

Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.

— Harriet B. Braiker

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My teacher once told me – ”No one is perfect……..that is why pencils have erasers.”

Strive for excellence, not perfection, because we don't live in a perfect world.

Sometimes you think that you need to be perfect, that you cannot make mistakes .

.. realize you are a human being - like everyone else capable of reaching great potential but not capable of being perfect.

Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solitude is the enemy of well-being.

In order to go on living one must try to escape the death involved in perfectionism.

Perfectionism doesn't make you feel perfect. It makes you feel inadequate.

If your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything.

I picture the vast realm of the sciences as an immense landscape scattered with patches of dark and light. The goal towards which we must work is either to extend the boundaries of the patches of light, or to increase their number. One of these tasks falls to the creative genius; the other requires a sort of sagacity combined with perfectionism.

Perfectionism is the mother of procrastination.

perfectionism is a slow death. if everything were to turn out just like i would want it to, just like i would plan for it to, then i would never experience anything new; my life would be an endless repetition of stale successes. when i make a mistake i experience something unexpected.... when i have listened to my mistakes i have grown.

False notes [on the piano] are human.

Why does everything have to be perfect? You know, perfection itself is imperfection.

But I always feel that whatever I do, I could do better. I suppose it is perfectionism.

Perfectionism is a self destructive and addictive belief system that fuels this primary thought: If I look perfect, and do everything perfectly, I can avoid or minimize the painful feelings of shame, judgment, and blame.

Perfectionism, no less than isolationism or imperialism or power politics, may obstruct the paths to international peace. Let us not forget that the retreat to isolationism a quarter of a century ago was started not by a direct attack against international cooperation but against the alleged imperfections of the peace.

Anything worth doing is worth doing well.

Perfectionism is not a quest for the best.

It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough - that we should try again.

Perfectionism spells paralysis.

At times failure is very necessary for the artist.

It reminds him that failure is not the ultimate disaster. And this reminder liberates him from the mean fussing of perfectionism.

Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person.

Healthy striving is self-focused: "How can I improve?" Perfectionism is other-focused: "What will they think?"

Welcoming imperfection is the way to accomplish what perfectionism promises but never delivers. It gives us our best performance and genuine acceptance in the family of human -- and by that I mean imperfect -- beings.

Whatever happens, there are always things you could have done better.

You score two goals and you usually feel you could have done better. You score two goals and you usually feel you could have scored a third. That's perfectionism. That's what makes you progress in life.

When perfectionism is driving us, shame is riding shotgun and fear is that annoying backseat driver!

Perfection, fortunately, is not the only alternative to mediocrity.

A more sensible alternative is excellence. Striving for excellence is stimulating and rewarding; striving for perfection--in practically anything--is both neurotic and futile.

Let go of who you think you're supposed to be and embrace who you are.

Perfectionism is simply putting a limit on your future.

When you have an idea of perfect in your mind, you open the door to constantly comparing what you have now with what you want. That type of self criticism is significantly deterring.

Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it's often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.

Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor;

the enemy of the people. It will keep you insane your whole life.

Perfectionism is a perpetual flight into an illusory future that cannot be attained.

Perfectionism becomes a badge of honor with you playing the part of the suffering hero.

A wonderful pastor I know once told me, "Perfectionism is the highest order of self-abuse." So now I try to remind myself that if I engage in perfectionism, I am abusing myself. Period.

Perfectionism is the enemy of profitability.

Perfectionism is not as much the desire for excellence, as it is the fear of failure couched in procrastination .

You keep working on your piece over and over, trying to get the sections and paragraphs and sentences and the whole just right, but there's a point at which you can tell you've begun hurting the work with your perfectionism. Then you have to release the work to new eyes.

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