Forgive yourself for not being the richest, the thinnest, the tallest, the one with the best hair. Forgive yourself for not being the most successful, the cutest or the one with the fastest time. Forgive yourself for not winning every round.
Forgive yourself for being afraid.
But don’t let yourself off the hook, never forgive yourself, for not caring or not trying."
Seth Godin, with his signature pithy wisdom, captures the crucial difference between not succumbing to the tyranny of perfectionism and not showing up – a difference perhaps best articulated by the Chinese concept of wu-wei. Werner Herzog put it even more unambiguously when he said that “there is nothing wrong with hardships and obstacles, but everything wrong with not trying.”
Also see Godin on how to dance with our fear of failure.
More of Godin’s wisdom here.(via explore-blog)