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70 Years From Now

In the year 1853, the Ottoman Empire had been in power for 554 continuous years. Abdülmecid I was Sultan and, shortly into the year, the Albanian-descended Governor of Crete Giritli Mustafa Naili Pasha took the post of Grand Vizier.

Queen Victoria was the Monarch of the British Empire and Lord Aberdeen was her Prime Minister, though the Queen favored one of his rivals, Benjamin Disraeli, as an advisor.

In France, Napoleon III had been elected President of the Republic in 1848, and had dissolved the National Assembly two years previously in 1851. In December of 1852, the Second French Empire was established, with Louis-Napoleon becoming named "Napoléon III, Emperor of the French."

Across the Atlantic, Franklin Pierce was the President of the United States of America and Jefferson Davis was Secretary of War. There were 31 states at that time, and the American Civil War had not yet been fought.

In mid-1853, the Russian Empire started maneuvering troops to key places on the Baltic Sea near Ottoman territories. Hostilities were about to break out into the Crimean War. The primary forces were Ottoman, British, and French fighting the Russians. The war ended with a decisive British/French/Ottoman victory.

The Problem with Perfectionists

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Here's the problem with perfectionists:  They see the world as a 2 dimensional chart, with the "level of perfection" running along the X axis, and the "effort" running along the Y axis, like the diagram to the right.

But what the perfectionist fails to see is that there is a third axis - time.  Time is our most precious resource.  We are all given a short time to do our thing on this planet, and being a perfectionist cheats you of the ability to work on all the things that have to get done.

What the chart *really* looks like is more like the second image, at right, with the Z axis representing time.  And by definition, being a perfectionist means you are using up a lot of your time... how ironic that the perfectionist is very much an imperfect user of time, the most precious resource any of us have.

So instead of trying to make something "perfect", just make it good enough to get the job done, and spend the time you would've spent perfecting it on something else.  (See my related post on the 80/20 rule.)

And by "good enough" I don't mean substandard or sub par.  I think most of us know when we're being perfectionists... it's kind of like the Supreme Court's definition of pornography.... it's hard to describe, but you know it when you see it.  Especially if you have a history of being a perfectionist, you'll know when you are overdoing something.  So just make yourself stop and use that time to focus on something else that needs to get done.

Here's the problem with perfectionists:  They see the world as a 2 dimensional chart, with the "level of perfection" running along the X axis, and the "effort" running along the Y axis, like the diagram to the right. But what the perfectionist fails to see is that there is a third axis - time.  Time is our most precious resource.  We are all given a short time to do our thing on this planet, and being a perfectionist cheats you of the ability to work on all the things that have to get done. What the chart *really* looks like is more like the second image, at right, with the Z axis representing time.  And by definition, being a perfectionist means you are using up a lot of your time... how ironic that the perfectionist is very much an imperfect user of time, the most precious resource any of us have. So instead of trying to make something "perfect", just make it good enough to get the job done, and spend the time you would've spent perfecting it on something else.  (See my related post on the 80/20 rule.) And by "good enough" I don't mean substandard or sub par.  I think most of us know when we're being perfectionists... it's kind of like the Supreme Court's definition of pornography.... it's hard to describe, but you know it when you see it.  Especially if you have a history of being a perfectionist, you'll know when you are overdoing something.  So just make yourself stop and use that time to focus on something else that needs to get done.

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