• “What counts is not ‘perfection’, but that we are in the process of perfecting.” – The Cranky Middle Manager Show podcast ‘#234 Embrace Failure’ with Erik Van Slyke

Another way of describing Dweck’s distinction between “learning” goals versus “performance” goals is the difference between “perfecting” versus “perfection”. A “picture of perfection” vision is very different to a “perfectionist” obsession. Follow the prophets of perfecting, but shun the false god of perfection.

  • I would like to understand things better, but I don’t want to understand them perfectly.”  ― Douglas R. Hofstadter, Metamagical Themas: Questing For The Essence Of Mind And Pattern