Perfectionism is so very pernicious. It causes more suffering, I think, than any other personality attribute I can think of. Everyone knows, really, that nobody is perfect. And yet the perfectionist essentially says, "Unless I am perfect, I cannot be okay." And so, that person lives in perpetual discontent which often spirals down into true mistery. Take a look at another attitude:
At least if you're failing, you know you're alive; you're participating, engaged, learning, and therefore contributing to evolution. The Japanese have a phrase for this — they call it "the nobility of failure," implying, "Look at all the great things at which this person failed. She was really alive."
- Caroline W. Casey