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A Perfect Enemy

Sergio F. Pinilla of Cinemanía rated the film 3 out of 5 stars, considering that the story "works", with the viewer feeling "trapped in the waiting room of that airport, at the mercy of the lurking and morbid tales of a stranger", summing up the film as a "psychothriller that relates perfection with (self-)destruction".[8]

A Perfect Enemy

Jeremiasz (Played by Tomasz Kot) is a renowned architect who has thrived perfection all his life. His work is spread out across different ventures, one of the most prominent one being the Paris Airport where the entire story of A Perfect Enemy revolves. On his way he meets a stranger, drenched in rain and asking for a ride to the same airport. This girl he meets, Texel (Played by Athena Strates), has some shady intentions from the get go.

The way that you as an entrepreneur or business leader train your mind will make all the difference in your future. You will succeed or fail based on the critical mental shifts that you make. So, take note of one mental shift that's particularly important for producing success: "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good."

Trying to make something perfect can actually prevent us from making it just good. Perfection in its elusive glory is like a unicorn. Sure, it sounds great, but who's actually seen one? I'd rather ride a real horse than wait for an imagined unicorn.

Many high-achieving people are perfectionists. This trait characterizes the world's prototypical Type As, whose ranks of movers and shakers include many business leaders, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, writers and business owners.

And perfection can be a good thing: After all, that drive can push people to do great things. But it has a dark side, too. The challenge of "perfection" can intimidate people so they don't even try. If perfection is the goal, yet unattainable, what's the point?

Rubin, the Happiness Project author, expressed her quote in the imperative: Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Hers was a direct way of putting it, forcing us to stop and think about our actions. But, what about you? How can you put the principle into practice in your daily experience? Here are some options:

Perfection is a pipe dream. As Psychology Today explained, ""perfect' may exist as a concept," but it's not a reality. After all, its definition is entirely subjective. "Achieving perfection" is entirely a judgment call, depending on who's trying to achieve it and who's watching.

We've been conditioned to think that the right combination of actions will achieve a flash of exhilaration. When we happen upon the perfect marketing strategy, we expect a rush of joy. When we discover the best business for us to start, we're flooded with an electric sensation of excitement.

This thrill-seeking mentality is yet another symptom of the good killing the perfect. It's important to understand that the perfect-being-the-enemy-of-the-good can skew aspects of our daily lives, like those listed above. But the concept can impose even more damage, skewing our expectations even as it cripples our actions. So, try the following moves:

The pursuit of perfection can be detrimental in many ways. First, it can get in the way of performing and learning. If we're constantly striving for perfection, we're never going to give ourselves the opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them.

Second, it can damage relationships. When we're focused on perfection, we're less likely to be able to see the good in others and appreciate their imperfections. We become more judgmental of others, which reduces both collaboration and connection.

Two quotes I return to over and over again, in my work and every other aspect of life. In our search for perfection, how often we miss the opportunity to "violently execute" (or at least vigorously implement) a plan right now that would be more than good enough.

It might seem strange to claim that the pursuit of perfection prevents people from achieving their financial aims, but it's true. Long-time readers know that this is a key part of my financial philosophy: The perfect is the enemy of the good.

For a long time, I was a perfectionist. When I had to make a decision, I only wanted to choose the best. At the same time, I was a deeply unhappy man who never got anything done. Although I didn't realize it at the time, the pursuit of perfection was the root of my problems.

In 2005, I read The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz. This fascinating book explores how a culture of abundance actually robs us of satisfaction. We believe more options will make us happier, but the increased choice actually has the opposite effect. Especially for perfectionists.

For a long, long time, I was a maximizer. When I had to make any sort of decision, I researched the hell out of it. I wanted to buy and do and have only the best. But you know what? No matter how much time I put into picking the perfect product, it always fell short of my expectations. That's because there's no such thing as a perfect product.

The trouble? There was rarely one best option for any choice I was trying to make. One dishwasher might use less energy while another produced cleaner dishes. This dishwasher might have special wine holders while that had the highest reliability scores. How was I supposed to find the perfect machine? Why couldn't one manufacturer combine everything into one Super Dishwasher?

Nowadays, I'm mostly able to ignore my maximizing tendencies. I've taught myself to be a satisficer. When I had to replace my dead dishwasher three years ago, I didn't aim for perfection. Instead, I made a plan and stuck to it.

Procrastination is one common consequence of pursuing perfection: You can come up with all sorts of reasons to put off establishing an emergency fund, to put off cutting up your credit cards, to put off starting a retirement account. But most of the time, your best choice is to start now.

I don't think perfection is a bad thing. It's a noble goal. It's not wrong to want the best for yourself and your family. But I think it's important to recognize when the pursuit of perfection stands in your way rather than helps you build a better life.

3. Watch your co-workers: Are they always at work on time? Is every report perfect? Have they ever taken a long lunch and not been fired? Comparing yourself with others might help acquaint you with reality. 041b061a72

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