-- Chapter from Vitamins for the Spirit -- Do Not Let The Perfect Spoil The Good Chapter from Vitamins for the Spirit -- Do Not Let The Perfect Spoil The Good
Hello. Sign in to get personalized recommendations.
Your Account
Order Status
Customer Service
View Cart Checkout
Home Books Audio Software Judaica
ArtScroll Classics   |    Browse Categories   |    Best Sellers   |    The App  |   New Releases   |   Future Releases   |   Recommendations
ArtScroll Gift Finder
Privacy Policy
To unsubscribe, click here
Shop By Item Number  
Request A Catalog  
Siddur / Prayer Books  
Chumash / Torah  
Tanach / Bible  
Daily Dose of Torah  
Kosher By Design Series  
Passover Haggadahs  
Interlinear Series  
Tehillim / Psalms  
Rubin Prophets  
Torah Reader's Tikkun  
Foreign Language Editions  
Rashi & Ramban  
Children's Titles  
All Categories  
Gift Certificates  
Browse By Category  
Best Sellers  
New Releases  
Back In Print  
Browse by Author  
Browse by Title  
Schottenstein Talmud Bavli  
Schottenstein Talmud Yerushalmi  
Kleinman Ed. A Daily Dose of Torah  
Edmond J. Safra French Talmud  
Schottenstein Ed. Book of Mitzvos  
Click for ArtScroll Gift Certificates
Sample Chapters  
Parashah Talk  
Click to find a Hebrew Bookstore near you

  Chapter 22 from
Vitamins for the Spirit
Inspiration, wisdom and the tools to use them

By Avi Shulman 

Other Available Chapters
4  13  26 

Do Not Let The Perfect Spoil The Good

“Perfect” is in many situations an unrealistic goal.

Do you know what a “perfect” batting average is? It is 1,000 percent. To achieve such an average, a player must get a hit every time he is at bat, but in real life even a .300 average is considered good. A consistent .333 average, hitting one out of three, and missing two out of the three, would earn the batter champion status. Even that rare .400 hitter is out three of every five times he comes to bat!

In golf a “perfect” score is 18 -- a hole-in-one for each hole -- yet many excellent players have never had even one hole-in-one throughout their entire careers. A score of 80 is considered good, and a 70 marks one as being of championship caliber.

What can the unrealistic expectation of perfection do to the baseball player or golfer? It can so frustrate him that he loses concentration, enjoyment, and even the will to play!

Very similar is our expectation of perfection in many areas of our lives. We can strive for perfection just as the batter strives for a hit each time at bat, but we must not allow the illusion of perfection to spoil our “good work.”

The upshot: Always try to improve in everything you do, but don’t let the perfect spoil the good.

© Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.