Perfectionism is often viewed as a strength, something that makes you a better worker. But perfectionism is kind of like a drug; in small doses, it helps you just enough to make your work better.But too much perfectionism and we overdose, so caught up in the edits and adjustments that the most you achieve in a day is laying on the floor on a pile of balled up paper.
Perfectionism sure has helped me both excel and go crazy throughout my college career, and now that I’ve got only one semester left to my senior year, I can see how it has both helped and hindered me.
These are the pros and cons I’ve discovered to being a perfectionist throughout the years: Pro – You generally do exceedingly well on assignments and papers because you won’t hand in anything short of your absolute best.
For example, When I started weight-training, it was not my cup of tea, but I still worked to learn perfect form.
Con – You can never have that “I don’t care about this, so I’m not going to try” mentality.
A perfectionist is defined as a person who refuses to accept any standard short of perfection. I think it was somewhere midway through high school that perfectionism started to infiltrate my brain, but even then, it was only in certain areas.
Some might also add that they are delusional, generally nuts, and stress out everyone else around them. However, when I hit college, full-blown perfectionism took over, and just about anyone who knows me now will describe me as a perfectionist. I mean, there are a lot worse things somebody can be.Con – You are constantly busting your butt to live up to that impossible standard and feel mortified when somebody realizes that you are, in fact, imperfect like everyone else.Pro – You have motivation, determination, persistence, and drive – qualities that most people find redeeming and can make you a great candidate for landing a job.Pro – You can seek out and correct the tiniest imperfection in any area whether it be painting lipstick or painting a portrait. Con – You have no control over your ability to walk away from a task; you end when it’s perfect. Con – You’re constantly annoying people around you by correcting and editing everything they do without being asked to do so.Pro – People admire how hard you’re willing to work.“Nobody’s perfect” is one of the first things to get drilled into our heads as kids.And yet, we all know at least one ultra-perfectionist (even if it’s ourselves).It doesn’t matter if you’re working on a diorama for an art class you had to take for your core credits even though you’re a PR major; you’re going to stress over it.Pro – People think you’re someone who really has everything together and look up to you.