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Perfection Is Not Attainable, but If We Chase Perfection We Can Catch Excellence - Vince Lombardi

Perfection Is Not Attainable, but If We Chase Perfection We Can Catch Excellence – Vince Lombardi

We tend to dream of a perfect life, a perfect family, a perfect job, a perfect body shape, and we always think that we will be happy only when we will reach some certain standards.  What we should do instead is to accept that perfection is not necessary in order to be happy (besides it being impossible to attain).

Nevertheless, chasing it would not be a stupid idea.  Chasing perfection doesn’t mean we need it to be happy, it means we are ambitious, and we know that we can do more.  It means we accept that perfection doesn’t exist, but we use this abstract idea to “catch excellence.”  It means we believe in our qualities and we want to use them to accomplish as much as we can.

Once we find this balance, we have a reason to wake up with energy and motivation every morning, because we have a challenging purpose.  And if we dream big, we can achieve far more than average individuals.

Our accomplishments may be slightly different from what we had in mind, but if we work hard they will be the outcome of an excellent job, and they will always be better than the result of a lousy job.  So accepting imperfect lives, imperfect families, imperfect jobs, imperfect body shapes, and working for excellence, using perfection as an ideal model, is what we should learn to do in our everyday life in order to attain happiness and life satisfaction.

Perfection Is Not Attainable, but If We Chase Perfection We Can Catch Excellence – Vince Lombardi
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About Sira Masetti

Sira Masetti is an avid life learner and traveler. She has two big passions: personal growth and helping others. She hopes to inspire people and help to improve their lives.


  1. Excellent post. Keeping my eye on the ideal, knowing I’m going to meet some bumps along the way.It’s an energetic universe. How much to I want what it is I say I want? Good thoughts. TY Lisa

  2. So true that some of our biggest successes come during the journey, not as the outcome! Thanks for the great reminder.

  3. This is a good lesson for us all.

  4. I strive to live a perfectly imperfect life and find it works ‘ perfectly’ for me!! ????

  5. I absolutely agree. Since I started chasing perfection, whilst still accepting it doesn’t exist, I have been the most efficient and productive person I have ever been in my life.

  6. Ah! Very aptly said the ineffable in words 🙂

  7. I love the quote, “In chasing perfection we catch excellence”. I will remember that. Like a lot of potentially good qualities they only become a problem when they are taken to extremes, so perfectionism and it’s best friend workaholism and all the other -isms. A very long time ago I used to think that perfectionism was a good thing and used to feel quite proud when people said I was a perfectionist. It was quite a revelation to learn that this was properly regarded as a problem behaviour. Then I swung to the other extreme and regarded perfectionism as a deadly disease. I like this post. It feels like a more grown up attitude, more balanced, and I do love the quote! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Very good point, perfection is not necessary for happiness but one should never give up the journey.

  9. Thank you all for your precious comments!

  10. You took the words right out of my mouth! Absolutely. It’s about the journey getting there. We learn so much more about ourselves if striving towards something than the actual outcome itself. This is one of the reason I constantly push myself whether it’s at work, the gym, for friends and even family.
    I previously posted about perfectionism in someone else’s eyes…that if they think you are perfect they need to do some searching. I strive for perfection, but I’m definitely far from it.

  11. Hitch your wagon to a star, you will at least reach the moon, says the proverb. The elaboration thereof so powerfully seeded here, says it better…

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