Standards and Perfectionism

I’m often very critical on things I see. Normally I can always point out some flaws of them and how they can improve.

However, the reason why products, services or any other commercial goods we see have flaws is simply the result of an imperfect production, and perfection is hardly a requirement for most people.

It has something to do with my OCD, I’m a perfectionist. I pursue perfection.

Let’s say I see a jelly gel, it tastes fine, but it can do better on its marketing and overall quality, expiration date etc.

But the company of this jelly gel does not consider the possibility of perfecting this product. Because it’s not a mandatory need.

What it happens is that, in our common life, many things come with standards/requirements, but they are not very high individually.

It’s always a mixture of different standards that makes it a hard feat to achieve.

Canada labor market, something I just researched.

The job market in Canada requires you some “basic” or “general” requirements. Let’s say Canadian experience, something seems most employers require when an immigrant or a foreign worker seeks for a job.

It’s definitely basic on its own term, the experience. If you stay at the country or born here, you will have that experience somehow.

They only require this thing at a basic level, higher than that, they don’t care.

It’ll be fine if they only ask for this, this will be much easier for immigrants to achieve.

But it’s not the case, the reason why it’s hard is that it does not only require you for a “Canadian Experience”, it also requires you for a Canadian education, great language skills, and whether your job would have an impact on the labor market of Canada.

Other jobs for example. A technician job, a web developer job.

You can have basic understanding of this subject and you can accept offers. But that does not make great work.

It’s just, in our world, people just accept generally mundane things. Sometimes even it’s garbage, they still accept them. Because not many people have high appreciation of things.

And this gives opportunities and chances for people who can only, like, do well, but not great.

And people’s ability of recognizing capable people is troublesome, great artists only flourish in front of a certain group of eyes, not the public. Unless you commercialize them, push them to the market and get judged by the public.

Well if we are going to circle the thing back to commercialization, that would be an older post of mine.


For me, perfection has become something that is so rare, that it doesn’t necessarily become the division that separates low quality, middle quality, high quality and perfect quality.

In other words, the demands for perfection are low generally in a market, and that does not put much values on perfection.

To say this in a more comprehensive manner, perfection is something that add some scores to your products, but not a standard that your products should pursue.

Before this, I imagine perfectionism can play a huge role in competing qualities, and functionalities of products or services. It is what perfects one single sword, that makes it sharp enough to break all other swords. In this case, one perfect sword should sell much better than other normal produced swords. However, the amount of sold normal swords far surpasses the amount of sold perfect swords, why? We don’t put much values on perfectionism.

The general public can not perceive perfection as a crucial stage of a product. To perfect a product takes time and effort, moreover, grit and persistence. To compress carbon into diamonds, to smith the same iron 100 days for a fine metal.


In other words, if a perfect sword sells the same price as a normal sword, that would be a depreciation of the sword, right?

Why does perfectionism not add values into things?

Perfectionism needs to be appreciated at the eyes of people that appreciate perfection. Perfectionism is valueless in the eyes of people who don’t appreciate perfection.

It should not be “additional scores”, it should be the one that defines what it is, the one that defines what this product or service represents. This is the cutting-edge element that shapes the product, not something out of ordinary. This is the essential part of the product, thus the product is the product because the craftsmanship and perfectionism behind it.

To use the same amount of metal, steel and iron, with different craftsmanships and concentrations, make different swords. Why?

The experienced smith takes pride in his work, he emphasizes on quality over quantity, he emphasizes perfection over generalization. The unexperienced smith treats his work as an average process, he emphasizes on quantity over quality, and generalization over perfection.

In a market with fierce competitions, what stand out as the “golden standards”, are the smiths who pursue a sense of perfectionism and persistently hone their craftsmanship. These pioneers define the market, not passively followed by it, they separate themselves from the rest of the smiths. And in pursue of betterment, perfection is born from the to and fro dynamics of becoming better.

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