Since we were young, human nature has conditioned (or at least tried to) us to strive for the best — and for the vast majority of us i.e. those who are not 100% pessimistic, we strive for perfection. However, let’s think about this realistically…
When we get older, what happens? For the average Joe it’s simple, we settle. Now, I am not saying we all do, but it happens because we switch from; wants dictating needs to; needs dictating wants. This happens in all aspects of life, relationships, career and even materialistic goals.
What’s been running through my mind is why? Are we living in a society where perfection is unattainable? Are we holding out for perfection too long that when we get it we are in no position to enjoy it? It’s this last question that poses real intrigue for me.
When I was at school I elected to study Business & Economics, one of the first principals I remember learning was; diseconomies and economies of scale. For those of you who are not familiar with these terms, I won’t bore you into the nitty gritty of it all but the basic concept is simple; up to a certain point the greater the amount of something you have, the more output you get from it. The key part of that definition is “up to a certain point” because after that point you lose that increase in output.
This concept helped me articulate/visualise our pursuit for perfection. The graph (excuse the simplicity of it!) represents our enjoyment output. The sweet spot shows the ideal, with the most perfection being obtained in the time frame. The x and the y represent;
* x = economies of scale opportunity
* y = diseconomies of scale risk.
What I hope this graph does it drive home the point that the longer we pursue/wait for perfection the greater the potential of us missing out on enjoying it.
I am by no means suggesting that we don’t pursue perfection, or for that matter settle, but instead what I am saying is that perhaps sometimes we need to open our eyes. Perfection may be staring us right in the face. Take a chance and grab it — life may surprise you.
Don’t live with too many regrets but don’t let life pass you by whilst you wait to be swept off of your feet — go make it happen!