In this episode of The Rave: Live, Love and Grow, Micheal explains what it means to strive for perfection and the progress required to do so. No shortcuts here though, so make sure you listen to the end.
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The beautiful thing about journey. If you can get this stuck in your brain and in your heart really is that this life is about progression, not perfection. I know culture sells as perfection. I know your parents may have wanted perfection from you. I know you’ve probably required perfection of yourself, but that is the wrong metric. This is about progression. How much did you move forward from yesterday?Pastor Mike Todd
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It’s another time to gist today, we’ll be looking at the concept of progress and perfection and seeing how they relate. Also, I’ll be using some of my personal experiences to buttress some of the points. Don’t forget to follow Ayamba Litcast on all your podcast listening platforms. There are other amazing podcasts that you would enjoy listening to and of course, follow yours truly The Rave: Live, Love, Grow.
Let’s start with what progress means. Simply putting its moving towards a desired destination or as the dictionary defines it, It is the advancement through series of events or points in time, developing through time. So progress is saying, I need a million I don’t have it yet, but I will save a hundred thousand every month till I raise it.
Okay, Let’s talk about perfection. The dictionary defines it as being without fault or mistake its the level we wish to attain in our endeavors. And though it might be a good thing to aspire for, it does have its limitations. Perfection is I need 1 million. I will wait until I have 1 million before I do anything.
Growing up, we’ve been taught to be perfect. Why didn’t you get first position? Why didn’t you bag a first class? Why didn’t you this? Why didn’t you that? we fail to acknowledge the progress we have made.
So let’s take a detour before I started The Rave, I have always wanted to, um, have a talk show since my service year when I worked with Grand Media, but I was always held back by the, what do I want to talk about? Will people listen? How do I distribute it? And you know, all that I wanting it to be perfect vibe.
And then I realized that if I had started then and just grew, I would have been way ahead of where I am at the moment. I’m so grateful for where I am. I’m grateful for you, who is here listening. Anyways, fast forward. I joined, Ayamba Litcast as a sound engineer for podcast and the shows that we are being aired at that time.
And all I had for editing was my phone. I remember how I would Google best apps for editing sound. I had like five different apps I used then one for cutting out unwanted places. One for converting from wave or M4a to MP3 another for adding sound another for adding effects. Like it was a stretch.Trust me.
Now, why am I saying all of these? Imagine I had waited until I had my laptop, the needed software for editing, which I didn’t get until two years or so later. The progress and the knowledge or skill I’ve acquired now I may not have had it. It’s easy to say, oh, I can do this now, but what little steps did I take that got me here? Learn on the job. Well, except when you are flying a plane or you are medical doctor, don’t learn on the job, please learn before the job.
Anyways, when I started recording The Rave, that’s the trailer I had just newly moved to Kaduna and I had to wait till 3:00 AM. When everyone was asleep to record my trailer and podcast, all I had again was my phone and my script. Am I saying it is wrong to aim for profession? Definitely. But waiting for perfection will leave you with so many regrets.
Cuz perfection is seldom attained. There are a lot of factors that you can’t control that will affect it. Way back when I uploaded my first YouTube video, I felt like a Don. Not because the video was perfect, but because I was making progress. The subsequent videos I uploaded had better qualities until work got the best of me.I think I should awake my channel again soon. What do you think?
“Quick one. Before we go on, repeat after me. It doesn’t have to be perfect. I just have to make progress. It doesn’t have to be perfect. I have to make progress and I will start from where I am”
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Welcome back. I also need to balance this. You might be making progress but in the wrong direction. What do I mean, imagine I have a car, Amen. I have a car. Oh Lord. I receive it. “You don’t know what is going on”. And I want to travel to Lagos. And then instead of putting my car in the direction that will get me to Lagos, I start off towards Katsina.
I’m making progress. My car is moving after three to five years of making progress. Would I be happy with where I find myself? No, definitely not. You can use this to evaluate your job relationship, career and so on. It’ll help you put things in perspective. Also what I’m not promoting is mediocrity.
Sheyb they have already said that progress is far more important than perfection. Let me just do a as I see. “Ma freen, wee you keep kwayet?” No, abeg the main purpose of progression is that you grow as you journey. Take for example. Remember the first The Rave podcast you heard? Ehen now, before nko? has the sound quality or content’s quality changed? The answer is most likely a big yes. Cause I’ve grown over the years and that is what I expect of you too.
Put in your best at all endeavors until you attain what is called the peak in your career. Being perfect is beautiful, but making progress is way more beautiful. The basic way or more or less, the only way of attempting perfection or attempting to attain perfection is by making a move and progressing.
So rather than complaining about how messed up things are and how they’re meant to be going, as you have planned, look back and reflect on how much progress you have made. And commit to doing more. I know this sounds easier than it is actually, but guess what? You are strong, smart, and more than able to make things work out.
Here’s what you’re going to do for me in the coming week. Set your mind to be more conscious of progression and pay less attention to perfection. Another thing you’re going to do for me is what is that thing you’ve been meaning to start that you feel you don’t have. Enough technical know how to do.
If it’s piloting, if it’s doctoring, if it’s site engineering, plix, I dinor send you, what is that thing you’ve been meaning to do, push yourself to do it and please share with me. Feel free to tag me, or you could send me a DM on whatapp on this number 0 8 0 8 3 3 4 3 8 4 1. You could reach out to me on Facebook, Instagram, or via email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Micheal spelled M Y K E L S.
I hope you’ve been able to pick a thing or two from today’s, uh, podcast. I look forward to the amazing things you’re going to set out to do in a couple of hours, days, months, and even years,
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