Improvement Vs Perfection

“Strive for continuous improvement than perfection.” – Kim Collins

I remember I was playing a online game with a couple of friends, we got to a point that we had a good team going on to a point that one of my friends said “Perfect”. (Side note: The game was Overwatch) But despite having that “perfect” team, we wont a lot of games but not all of them. We told previously before that we couldn’t be perfect, so it begs to question then why should we even get better? I came across it is impossible to understand everything out there in the world, then why should we try.

It was the philosophy of a seminarian that I know, who said what was the reason behind it. For example of a pianist. A human pianist despite hitting the key the right note, in the right tone, and at the time time, may seem perfect, but if one person doesn’t like listening to the piano, doesn’t that mean it equate to a failure on the pianist. At the same time, the pianist may be dis-satisfied with the result, despite the average listening thinking of it perfect. It is a view of perspective (which I will discuss at a different time), but additional thing to think about is the reason why the pianist, or anyone is doing what they are doing. Maybe he is doing because he likes the idea that people enjoy the piano, to fall in love with the piano, so the pianist plays for the people. He will improve for the sake of the people.

Nara Temple Garden
“Fallen” Gardens at Nara Temple 2017

Taking the example of my self, I enjoy doing is photography. I know that every picture I take wouldn’t be considered as a master piece, and it be along while till I achieve success as a photographer. But I still do it because it gives me satisfaction and at the same time I would like people see the world through my lens. In another aspect, I know my self won’t be a perfect supervisor. Leadership bears a lot of problems, sacrifice, and hardship. But the reward of leading a group of people to success out ways all of that. I want to continuous improve my self as leader to continuous create success in other people. Striving for perfection seems futile, but striving for improvement, makes the purpose in our lives a bit more meaningful.

It goes back to why should we be doing a job, task, or responsibility? Does it contribute to our overall general goal? Will it improve me?