You Don't Have To Be Perfect To Be Great

Our flaws and weaknesses are what make us unique, and they define who we are as individuals. They drive us to work harder, to be better, to strive for excellence.

You Don't Have To Be Perfect To Be Great
Photo by Artem Balashevsky / Unsplash

Amazing things can be achieved by imperfect people like you and me.

No one is perfect. Not even Jack Welch or Steve Jobs. They too made mistakes, failed numerous times, and struggled with their own demons.

Imperfections is not weakness

Our flaws and weaknesses are what make us unique, and they define who we are as individuals. They drive us to work harder, to be better, to strive for excellence.

  • Stephen Hawking, for example – he was diagnosed with ALS at age 21 and given just a few years to live. Yet, he went on to become one of the most brilliant minds of our time.
  • Abraham Lincoln. As a young man, he suffered from severe depression and struggled to find success in his career. He failed at business, lost his first love, and suffered numerous political defeats. Despite these setbacks, he never gave up on his vision of a united America and the abolition of slavery.
  • Jack Welch is regarded as the ultimate CEO yet he closed factories, laid-off workers, implemented the ruthless and annual "Rank and Yank" methodology but presented a vision of growing fast in a slow-growth economy.
  • Michael Jordan – he was cut from his high school basketball team because he was not good enough.
  • [insert your name here] - Is an authentic leader who [insert your flaw] yet surrounded themselves with supportive and qualified employees who felt empowered to deliver results.

No one can achieve great things alone – Us imperfect people need imperfect allies who understand us, who have similar struggles, and who can offer a listening ear when needed.

Don't believe the hype

In conclusion, the idea that perfect people are the only ones who can achieve great things is a myth. Even Steve Jobs, Michael Jordan and Abraham f-sharp Lincoln are/were imperfect.

Embrace your imperfections and a little self-reflection

  1. What is your biggest flaw, and how has it shaped your life and career?
  2. Have you ever failed at something and felt like giving up? How did you overcome that feeling and keep pushing forward?
  3. Can you think of someone you admire who has overcome major setbacks or challenges? What can you learn from their experience?
  4. How can you use your imperfections to your advantage, and turn them into strengths?
  5. Do you feel comfortable acknowledging your flaws and weaknesses, or do you try to hide them? Why or why not?