Embracing Imperfection

Joshua Ogden-Davis

When you make mistakes, make them fearlessly.

When I arrived in China in 2010, I spoke no Chinese and had no idea what I was doing or how long I would stay. Eight years later, I’ve taught myself Mandarin and have co-authored a best-selling Chinese-language cross-cultural self-help book, Making Friends with Foreigners.

Learning a language and publishing a book may seem like unrelated pursuits, but I’ve discovered that one principle is absolutely critical to both:

Never let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

If perfection is the only acceptable outcome, mistakes become shameful; if you can’t make mistakes, you can’t do a single [profanity] thing.  Continue reading Embracing Imperfection