Adam Klaus wrote:I would raise that a level though and say that "good enough is the enemy of better". I am just trying to get better. Perfect is a bad word in my mindset. But constant progress yields a consistently better world. So I aim for progress on my farm.
Adam Klaus wrote:My fundamental priority on the farm is growing my family's nutrition.
Adam Klaus wrote:The model I use in my planning is Alan Savory's concept from Holistic Management of 'the weakest link'.
Elizabeth Beadles wrote:Permaculture relies on a community within nature, and I believe that human beings thrive better within a community too.
The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality.
His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the 'quantity' group: fifty pound of pots rated an 'A', forty pounds a 'B', and so on. Those being graded on 'quality', however, needed to produce only one pot 'albeit a perfect one' to get an 'A'.
Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the 'quantity' group was busily churning out piles of work 'and learning from their mistakes' the 'quality' group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.
Dale Hodgins wrote:Miles, I second that thought.
Let's talk about risk, as it relates to how far we're willing to go down a particular path. We'd all like to accomplish certain things, so long as there's no chance of failure. I'm wandering off topic a little, but it's in an attempt to see where all of this desire for perfection is coming from.
I think for many, a belief that they must strive for perfection is likely to impede first steps. I know a man in his sixties who has been storing up knowledge and scrounged materials for 30 years, to use in a house that will never be built. The time is never right and he always thinks he needs to learn more, so that his will be a most perfect creation. I'd respect him more if he had built a mediocre house 30 years ago. Had that happened, there might have been more. Missed opportunity is so much worse than giving it a go and having to correct a few things later.
The TV and internet have spawned many armchair experts on how others should live their lives. People love to point out risk factors. I meet people regularly, who tell me that demolition projects are too risky, now is not the right time to promote a tourism business and there's no money in being a small farmer. Those things are brought up because they learn that I'm pursuing them. Had I told them that I'm opening a restaurant or a brothel, we would be discussing the down sides of those choices. If I were to devote a lot of energy into examining dire warnings about every possible pitfall, there would be little time for anything else. The greatest risk is that you will take none and stagnate as a result.
I know several smaller property developers who have dozens of projects behind them. They are often maligned by onlookers who covet their money and status. The guy who hasn't taken the risk, doesn't reap the benefits.
I see this same tendency to avoid risk at all costs amongst most of the single people that I know. Most complain about their lot, but they don't actively pursue the perfect relationship or mate that they desire. Instead, they perpetually keep their options open until the last one runs out.
Occasionally we see someone who is actually striving for perfection in what they do. This is something that comes from within that person. More often, we see perfection as something that others use as a measuring stick to judge us by. The chances that your efforts will satisfy the armchair expert who never risks for himself, are slim to none. Don't give the musings of this sorry creature, any of your time. To do so would empower someone who should remain powerless.
D. Logan wrote:I actually wrote an article about this