The Perfection Paradigm: Who Is Allowed To Fail?

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

Kelly Burns
4 min readMay 28, 2018
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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?



Kelly Burns

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