Who are Creativity and Perfection?
Once, there were two children, one named Creativity, and the other Perfection. Creativity grew to be flawed, impulsive, open to experience, rebellious, while Perfection grew as a focused leader, inflexible, and flawless. Both had their traits and personalities. In childhood, they live as friends, but as time passed, they went in opposite directions.
And now we know that Creativity and Perfection can never be friends.
Let’s throw light on the lives of both
Perfectionism has a characteristic, it seeks flawlessness in everything. It sets a high standard for everything and excludes anything that does not rank high or fall within the set standards. There is no room for wonder or uniqueness in perfectionism.
On another hand, creativity is a plump of originality, uniqueness, surprises, and is overshadowed by flawed ideas.
The major difference between creativity and perfection is that creativity cannot be caged in a box. It is free like a free bird, while Perfection only lives in the box.
You can understand perfectionism and creativity as the South and the North Pole, they are poles apart and are never attracted to each other.
Creativity is not a work of Perfection, and Perfection is not creativity.
What is perfection anyway? It’s the death of creativity…’ Quoted by Diane Keaton.
Perfectionism is a full stop, while Creativity is a process. Creative work is an act of authenticity. Therefore, it is said that perfectionism inhibits creativity.
Perfectionism not only takes away authenticity but also opens a space for laxity. Working towards doing the right thing, there are a series of delays, and fear of exposing the work to the public happens while making things perfect. It not only limits creative work but also takes out the creativity from the creationist.
Perfectionism is nothing but fear that blocks the way for feedback, and without feedback, creativity would not be successful. Without proper criticism, a masterpiece would not be ready, without seeing failure a success will not come for the creationist.
In conclusion, perfection and creativity can never be friends. Because they are like sodium and water, which when coming together are highly reactive. Because they are like heaven and Earth, they can never touch each other.
Therefore, it is better to keep them apart.