I always love reading what Fred Mandell has to say on his blog about art, life, and leadership. Today he posted a classic entry with some outstanding quotes on the curse of perfectionism.
Fred is a terrific example of someone who figured out how to do what he loves in life, which these days is painting and speaking about the close connection between the arts and creativity in the workplace. Before becoming a full-time painter, he had a long and successful career as an executive with American Express Financial Services. He is also teaching courses on leadership at MIT's Sloan School, using the arts. I toured his studio two years ago and enjoyed every moment.
His topic today is relevant to us all. Perfectionism does have its place on occasion (certain medical procedures come to mind as a quick example, and perhaps it's useful during an IRS audit) but 98% of the time it's a curse. It prevents us from doing what we need to do and learning from our experiences. Check out Fred's short post, with quotes, here.
I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), a long-time meditator, a certified meditation teacher and coach, and focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society