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Embracing imperfection

Here’s the truth about all of us. We are never satisfied with what we produce. Remember that idea that was so perfect in your head? But, when you tried to execute it, it sucked. Or, you probably didn’t even try due to your fear of failure. 

The probability of a perfect execution of your idea is as probable as Redbull giving you wings. Highly unlikely. 

It’s natural. The more we grow, the more we know and the higher we want to reach. It’s better to accept a half-assed project from yourself than to beat yourself down and do nothing in the end. 

Have you checked your facebook timeline from 3-5 years ago? It’s embarrassing, right? But, one valuable lesson it teaches us is we grow with our mistakes. 

The truth is no matter how much we wish or dream, we’re not going to have any drastic change in the blink of an eye. We will keep on sucking. And we will keep getting better with each of those sucking i.e. we’ll suck less and less. And, to our unsuspecting victims we’ll appear perfect as if we were always like this.  

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Those Japanese have got it right

What if you made one small change each day? One small postive change towards who you want to become. Each day you are slightly better than you were yesterday. And each passing year, you become more and more like your ideal self. The Japanese call it Kaizen (改善).

Kaizen is an approach to creating continuous improvement based on the idea that small, ongoing positive changes can reap major improvements. 

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Kaizen is also known as “The Toyota Way” and this philosophy is what made Toyota what it is today. The constant, incremental and never-ending change. 

So, I propose instead striving to be perfect. Let’s just focus on sucking a little less each day. 

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