Chemistry | 007 | Perfectionism

When I interviewed to work at the London 2012 Olympics back in 2010, I clearly remember giving some BS answer to the question, "what is your greatest weakness"?

"Oh, I am too much of a perfectionist", I replied. What a crap response to the question, particularly as it's just not true! Sensing weakness, the interviewer countered with 'I hate perfectionists!' a dizzying blow. Somehow I stayed standing and mumbled something that was just about good enough to get me out of trouble - I got the job.

As I say, I am no perfectionist. I prefer to put in the right amount of work to hit goals. Yes, I can do better, but I would not be able to do more. This approach allows me to get lots of good work done in short periods. Doing good thing after another; bang, bang bang. Always making progress, never staying still. It builds momentum, and it carries momentum.

Of course, things go wrong occasionally. Risks are taken, mistakes are made. But I will not worry about the one step back when I have taken ten leaps forward.

This is a mindset of an innovator. Innovation means moving fast, learning from mistakes and making the best use of your resources.

When we seek perfection, we stop moving, stop learning and change nothing. Perfection kills ideas. It suffocates invention and drives any passion out of us.

It is said that 80% of the results can be achieved from 20% of the time. I do not know if this is the same for you and me, but the concept is right. Being happy with good gives us many times back what we can gain from being perfect.

It all comes from having the right Chemistry,

By Phil
CEO, Oxogen

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