Perfection – friend or enemy? On one hand, striving for improvement, to make something better, more skilled, more accurate, is worthwhile. On the other hand, striving for perfection can be crippling and defeating. For example, if you are in a profession that uses Malcolm Baldridge as the pinnacle of achievement, and you use it as a guideline to mark improvements in your work patterns and results, your striving for perfection can be the right course of action. If, however, you say that, after trying, you cannot achieve perfect results, and give up, you have allowed perfection to block constructive action. If you find yourself stuck and unable to move forward, try the following: Pick one thing that you find easy to improve. List three things you can do to move it forward, set a time to complete it, and move forward. This should improve your confidence in the ability to.