“Practice makes perfect.”


We’re all familiar with today’s quote. While origins of it are a bit sketchy, it’s generally believed that it first appeared in the English language in “The Diary and Autobiography of John Adams” around 1760.

Since then, then the quote has definitely had its share of 15 minutes of fame. It has, somewhat predictably, gone on to cement its place in every list of famous quotes.

The intention behind it is still noble enough and will continue to be so. For any endeavor you want to conquer, practice is paramount no matter how good you become. The moment you become complacent is when things start stagnating.

What I always question is the other key word in the quote; perfection.

There was a time when different parts of the world were really insular. Not having ample exposure to what’s going on beyond what’s in our vicinity made everything black and white.

Something either was or wasn’t. Perhaps the term “perfection” stemmed from said point of view. It was, for better or worse, what a small section of society deemed the best.

Today, the world has become one in terms of knowing what’s going on. That’s also led to a key realization: A concept like perfection can never exist.

Firstly, because perfection is largely subjective. What’s the perfect car to drive? What kind of house is the perfect house to live in? What’s the perfect movie or book?

Ask these questions to multiple people and you’ll get multiple opinions. What works for one person may not work for another.

To me, a horror novel or movie that scares the crap out of me is a perfect piece of entertainment. Many others, however, repeatedly tell me that it’s very strange that I would deliberately want to put myself through that process.

Who’s to say if I’m right or they are? They’re all just opinions.

Secondly, should perfection really exist, society would never grow and evolve as no one would strive to aim higher. As mentioned earlier in this post, that kind of complacency is the first step towards a deterioration of any endeavor.

Since the inception of time, the world has only evolved when certain people were not satisfied with the status quo and in most cases, challenged it and dared themselves to do better.

Practice doesn’t make perfect. Practice makes for improvement. And room for improvement has no bounds.

Nobody can be perfect. But we can all get better in any endeavor we choose so as long as we strive for it and keep our desire and hunger for it alive.

How do you feel about today’s quote? Do you agree or disagree with the argument made of perfection? Why or why not? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below on our secure servers.

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Hi, I'm Neel! I'm a writer (fiction and poetry), a journalist and currently working in the advertising business. I'm also a mental health advocate, having been diagnosed with clinical depression a few years ago.
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