Today's Book Nugget comes from Stickability: The Power of Perseverence by Greg S. Reid.
If you're any kind of dork, you probably know the old story of how to catch a spider monkey, but for those who don't know or remember:
If you want to catch a spider monkey, place a nut (spider monkeys love them) in a bottle. The monkey will then grab the nut, making a fist too big to fit back through the neck of the bottle. Unable to run away with its arm stuck in the bottle trap, the monkey's stubbornness causes it to get caught (and then eaten? or skinned and its pelt sold to make hats? Idk, anyway, it's an allegory 😉 ).
Reid likens the nut to perfection, reminding the reader that if you cling to it, it will only trap you:
"The real achievement comes from moving forward toward one's dreams and being flexible. This is why it is critical to have the mind-set that you are woking toward progress and not perfection. As long as you are moving toward success, you are therefore successful. Again, it's progress, not perfection. Just make sure you don't get trapped in the middle."
Many times, creatives (and I've definitely had my share of this) try to reach perfection only to become paralyzed by what is, in reality, a lack of flexibility.
"Know the difference between stickability and stubbornness."
Stubbornness will keep you trapped while stickability, a persistent drive toward success, will set you free.
So if you're feeling like you can't get ahead in a certain area of your development, maybe it's time to let it go, take a step back, and re-evaluate.
Love you lots,