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Perfect, Good, and Getting Better

I recently posted about my frustrations regarding my Hebrew reading skills, how my shortcomings were thrown into sharp relief because of the group of guys I pray with, and how it frustrated me even as I realized I am improving.

In the spirit of this month of forgiveness, I decided that today, I’m going to forgive myself and give myself the room to grow.

I recently read a quote by someone (I can’t remember who. If it was you, please comment below!) that was a nice variation of the popular

“Don’t let ‘perfect’ be the enemy of ‘good’ “

It went something like this:

“Don’t let the fact that you aren’t ‘good’ yet (in fact, you might really stink) blind you from the reality that you are getting better. Sometimes, that’s even better than magically being ‘good’ because it means you are becoming ‘good’.

One Response to “Perfect, Good, and Getting Better”

  1. leon says:

    I found it! In her essay “Nine Things Successful People Do Differently” (http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/02/nine_things_successful_people.html), Heidi Grant Halvorson says:

    “Focus on getting better, rather than being good. Believing you have the ability to reach your goals is important, but so is believing you can get the ability. Many of us believe that our intelligence, our personality, and our physical aptitudes are fixed — that no matter what we do, we won’t improve. As a result, we focus on goals that are all about proving ourselves, rather than developing and acquiring new skills.

    Fortunately, decades of research suggest that the belief in fixed ability is completely wrong — abilities of all kinds are profoundly malleable. Embracing the fact that you can change will allow you to make better choices, and reach your fullest potential. People whose goals are about getting better, rather than being good, take difficulty in stride, and appreciate the journey as much as the destination.”

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