Everything Has Beauty But Not Everyone Sees It

Everything Has Beauty But Not Everyone Sees It

“Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it.” — Confucius

If you’ve ever written a story of great length, or even just a bit of ad copy, the second you submit your writing to an editor, you will soon face a moment of embarrassment. No matter how often you have read your writing, you will have inevitably missed something. It happens to the best of us.

Why does this happen? Even for the best spellers and writers among us? Well for many, the closer you are to a piece of work, the less perspective you will have.

A writer can reread a short story 20 times and miss an obvious typo because her brain automatically corrects the mistake in her head. She literally sees the copy correctly because her brain has edited the piece for her.

She has created beauty, but she can’t see the small imperfections.

Likewise, many of us self-label as perfectionists. Whenever we work, we automatically notice the imperfections immediately. The work is never truly good, because it could always use another change.

Consider the musician who plays an engaging concert but completes the set on a sour note. Upon asking the musician, he notates the many flaws of the performance. Rushing a song here. Flubbing a note there. The audience, including accomplished musicians, doesn’t catch these mistakes.

He has created beauty but he can’t see it.

What defines beauty in your work? Are you too close to your work and you can’t objectively assess its merit? Are you so focused on perfection that a product never ships because it has small imperfections?

There’s always a balance to such an approach. Many tech-minded organizations move forward with a shipping ethos. Once the idea has become a product or a service, get it out there and let people use it. They are likely to report back about the aspects that need changing.

On the other end, you might be an organization that needs a step of quality control. Someone removed enough from the process that they can see the obvious mistakes that a person too close to the work never notices.

Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it. How can your organization see the beauty of your work?
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