Weekly update: "A level of perfcetion"
On Monday, I was a guest on Boom Chicago's comedy show where I performed before a filled room, together with Pep Rosenfeld. We improvised for an hour an a half about startups and entrepreneurs, and some parts went so well that people couldn’t imagine we made it all up on the spot. That wasn’t exactly a good thing, because I believe our jokes seem a lot more impressive when you know they aren't rehearsed.
In many handmade Persian rugs and carpets, you can almost always find a deliberate mistake. One thread of color might be off by a few shades, or a pattern might appear to be broken. The reason is that, according to some followers of Islam, only Allah can make things perfect, and it would be an offense to Allah to try to achieve the same level of perfection, even in a simple rug.
The point I want to make with these examples is that I like making mistakes. Not big fuck-ups, but small things that show I’m human. I think it makes people around you more comfortable as well. An article might even be appreciated more if there’s at least one typo, grammatical error or some faulty logic in it. Perfection is boring. Making mistakes is human. Being a professional doesn’t mean you avoid making mistakes. It means doing a great job, without losing your humanity.