1. Brené Brown from her book, The Gifts of Imperfection:
“Most of us spend our lives trying to be, and seem, ‘perfect.’ We try to protect ourselves. It can sometimes be difficult to drop the pretense and own up to your flaws and faults – it takes courage. But what’s the greatest risk? Letting go of what other people think, or letting go of how you feel, what you believe, and who you are?”
Takeaway: Don’t conceal your flaws. Embrace them. Parade them without shame.
2. Seth Godin from a post entitled Perfect Processes:
“Perfection is sort of boring. I take the perfect for granted. I’m way more interested and spend far more time and money on the imperfect things, the things that might not work, the ideas and services, and products that dance around the edges. If you’re going to offer something that’s imperfect, by all means, make it as good as you possibly can, but embrace the fact that you’re not selling perfect. You’re selling interesting.”
Takeaway: Push beyond the norm. Do more of what makes you unique and less of what everyone takes for granted.
3. Lao Tsu wrote in the 6th century BC:
“Perfection is the willingness to be imperfect.”
Takeaway: Be perfectly imperfect.