• Puja Shah

Passion Drives Perfection or Vice Versa?


The two most important days in your life are the day you’re born and the day you find out why.

“Figure out who you want to be and what you want to do. What is it that inspires you and gets you up in the morning eager to start your day. Go find your passion.”

At some point or the other and from someone or another in our life, I think we have all taken this piece of advice, even if it was with a pinch of salt. It is the ultimate mantra to success we often hear. Of course, it’s a beautiful thing when passion and career come together. But finding your passion is not just about careers and money. It’s about finding your authentic self.

It is about trying to catch a glimpse of your true potential and aiming for perfection. Now, perfection doesn’t mean perfect actions in a perfect world. Most people would argue, perfection doesn’t exist. But if you perceive perfection as doing the ordinary things in an extraordinarily well manner it is attainable. It is the details that make perfection.

The basic operational process of a computer functions on an instruction cycle also known as the fetch–decode–execute cycle or the fetch-execute cycle.

Scenario 1: When passion drives perfection: Fetch-Decode-Execute happens!

Some of us put all our strength into fetching that one passionate idea, decoding it for its viability and then executing it to reach every single one of our goals. We don’t mind building things from scratch. Our vision is so fixated on the end goal that the execution challenges are just a passe and perfection comes naturally in the work we do.

Scenario 2: When perfection drives passion: Execute-Decode-Fetch happens!

Then there are others, for whom looking for perfection is the only way to motivate oneself. We are the back engineered category. At every given opportunity, we jump right in to execute. Decoding, slicing and dicing what has already been created becomes a part of the learning process. And since the aim is fetching for perfection, passion becomes a discovery.

Also, mind you, there’s no guarantee we’ll end up with perfection as an outcome. But in pursuit of perfection we’ll end up catching excellence. We would have made progress, we would be far ahead from where we started. We are passionate about the process, the journey and the progress. We strive with passion and thus, our passion is “making progress”.

So, the question remains, does passion drive perfection or is it perfection that drives passion?

I think whatever it is, the way of execution matters the most. One can steal ideas but no one can steal execution. Finding pleasure in the job at hand, and executing it with passion, leads one to perfection.

I’d love to know what drives you – Passion or Perfection or anything else?

This article was originally published on LinkedIn Pulse.


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