Best 41 Quotes & Tweets on Perfection

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1

If you're focused on the outcome, you're not focused on the process. Sustained success comes from a fanatical focus on process. You don't need to be perfect, just better than yesterday.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

2

The climb to the top is better than the view from the peak. It’s progress, not perfection, that we really crave.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

3

The optimal strategy might be executing a suboptimal plan at a fast pace. Strategy evolves as lessons are learned—and the person who moves faster, learns faster. Learning is a marathon and perfection is a weighted vest.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

4

There will always be room for high quality work. Excellence is perpetually scarce.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

5

Compounding works with consistency over time. While eating healthy once is easy, doing it for a year is transformational. It's easy to get one win. It's hard to get a lot of wins. Boring progress makes for exceptional results.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

6

Perfection is brittle. Imperfection is antifragile. The more you try to appear flawless—in work, in love, in life—the less you can “have problems.” But if you identify as someone who is always learning and evolving, then facing problems is normal and you can start solving them.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

7

People who strive for excellence want to be developed not managed. The more comfortable someone is with being managed, the lower the potential. The more comfortable someone is managing others, the less likely they are to develop them.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

8

Not enough is said about the power of thinking about one topic for a long period of time. If you revisit a topic continually for a few years, most problems (and many solutions) will occur to you at some point. Expertise can be the gradual accumulation of many modest insights.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

9

Effectiveness and efficiency are different. Aim for effectiveness on important things and efficiency on everything else.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

10

You can get straight As in school and still fail at life.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

11

Your product is imperfect. Your team is imperfect. You are imperfect. That’s precisely why you keep building. There’s so much left to do and experience. It’s time to test yourself — to walk through the forest of impossibility. That’s entrepreneurship.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

12

If you desire to be effective and efficient, start with saying no. Nothing is more effective than saying no to things that don't matter. Nothing is more efficient than doing this quickly.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

13

The best in any field share: attention to detail, a commitment to perfection they will never attain, and a relentless drive.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

14

Perfectionism is another word for procrastination.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

15

If you want to be miserable focus on yourself. If you want to be happy focus on others.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

16

Start now. Optimize later. Imperfect starts can always be improved. Obsessing over a perfect plan will never take you anywhere on its own.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

17

You can quickly get better at nearly anything but there is an irreducible minimum amount of time required to be great. Focus your energy in limited directions.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

18

The “bad” workouts are the most important ones. It's easy to train when you feel good, but it’s crucial to show up when you don’t feel like it—even if you do less than you hope. Going to gym for 15 minutes might not improve your performance, but it reaffirms your identity.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

19

Give knowledge work the same respect that great athletes give their sport. Train every day, write detailed improvement plans, and surround yourself with people who push you towards excellence.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

20

Action over perfection. Every time.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

21

People trust imperfection.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

22

In many cases, improvement is not about doing more things right, but about doing less things wrong.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

23

Perfectionism is self-deception. First, you give up on your goals and let fear win. Then you numb the pain of inaction by saying "my standards are too high."

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

24

Evolution isn’t about perfection ... it’s about being good enough to survive ... adapting to dynamic environments without plans.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

25

People strive for perfection but you just need to be good enough. Selection is relative. You don't need to outrun the bear, just the slowest person. The bar for good enough, however, is always moving. You have to get better in order to stay in the same relative place.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

26

What things require a period of intense focus up front to become established, but persist & continue to perform after you move on to something else? -writing books about evergreen topics -saving & investing in passive index funds -outsourcing yourself from a business

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

27

Observation: The people who do valuable work often have a remarkable willingness to say no to distractions and focus on one thing.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

28

Note to self: High standards will make you stand out. Perfectionism will make you burn out.

Katelyn Bourgoin

Katelyn Bourgoin

@KateBour

29

Evolution isn’t about perfection ... it’s about being good enough to survive ... adapting to dynamic environments without plans.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

30

Professors teach you how to pass. Practitioners teach you how to profit.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

31

There’s a difference between having high standards and being a perfectionist. Having high standards will make you stand out. Being a perfectionist will make you burn out.

Katelyn Bourgoin

Katelyn Bourgoin

@KateBour

32

You reap the change from the beginnings you’re willing to support. Nothing sprouts out of the ground in its final, perfect form.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

33

In the quest for the perfection we end up filtering out reality and in the process lose track of what’s meaningful.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

34

How to become an artisan: - Do the best work you can, for its own sake. - Be creative. Don’t follow others. - Make your work a business. - Don’t cut corners for efficiency. - Never sell something you know is defective. - Say no to things you’d rather not do.

Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo

@dvassallo

35

Something imperfect that works has the potential of working better when perfected. But perfecting something that won't work will never make it work.

Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo

@dvassallo

36

Perfectionism is fine, as long as you realize you're doing it only for your own amusement.

Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo

@dvassallo

37

Perfectionism is just procrastination with a snooty accent. Just ship it already.

Katelyn Bourgoin

Katelyn Bourgoin

@KateBour

38

Great content creators look at their work and see room for improvement Arrogant content creators look at their work and see perfection

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

39

1) Operational excellence is an under-rated competitive edge. 2) In public markets, arbitrage human behavior. In private markets, monopolize access to high-quality talent. 3) The most valuable ideas are shared in whispers.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

40

Perfectionism is an idiotic concept. If you're hiding behind the supposed fear of not being able to execute something perfectly, you're already imperfect by your own definition. Start.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

41

Once you get past all the remote work advice, you’ll realize that you only need to focus on one thing to become excellent at it.

Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah

@hnshah