The Perfection Paradigm: Who Is Allowed To Fail?

Do you live in a world where you strive to be perfect?

Kelly Burns


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Maybe you have waited a bit too long to post your last medium post, as you didn’t feel it was ready yet. Perhaps you wanted to run it by a few people to make sure the grammar was correct, or maybe you were worried about run-on sentences.

I invite you to publish anyway.

It seems as though the world is stuck in a perfectionism paradigm.

Sometimes it seems we are not allowed to be human, and if you do fail, the consequences are catastrophic.

Many of the world’s greatest thinkers have written about how failure was the key to their success.

I find it amusing that even though this has been written about by many powerful people, we still seem to live in a world where it is totally unacceptable to fail.

If failure was the goal, we could reframe what it means to fail.

Imagine getting hired at a new company and your new boss says;

“Your job is to fail as much as possible so we can really win, got it?”

Can you imagine what it might be like working at a company that made room for this?

Can you imagine being hired at a job simply because a hiring manager was worried you might fail in the role, but hired you anyway?

Unfortunately, we do not live in this kind of world.

Our deeds are chronicled and remembered, for good or ill.

The elephant is not the only one with a long memory.

Every boss you have ever worked for can chime in on what is possible for you in the future, based on who you were in the past.

What if that is not who you are right now, and you are only being judged by a very narrow and outdated viewpoint?

Computer systems become outdated, smartphones become outdated, but job referrals from previous employers, even if they are years old, are still given air time and are weighed heavily with regards to who you might become at the office, which impacts who you will become in the future at any organization.



Kelly Burns

writer and sometimes singer/composer & painter. Italian-American. INFP. I write fiction and nonfiction.