Striving for perfection is demoralizing. Striving for excellence is motivating.

Harriet Braiker (1948-2004) Psychologist, consultant, author
The Disease to Please, ch. 2 (2001)

A parallel quote in the book is "Striving for perfection is a demoralizing and guaranteed formula for failure. Striving for excellence, on the other hand, is motivating because reaching it is attainable."

More often quoted as: "Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing."

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Added on 7-Apr-10 | Last updated 7-Apr-10
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