Perfectionist or Person of Excellence (You Decide)

Years ago I used to refer and call myself a perfectionist, but this was not the truth.

The example I had while growing up was that of my dad, he was the hardest working man I knew.

Everything he did, he did with excellence, he never did anything half-hearted.

He went without so that we didn’t have to and often sacrificed his own comfort for us and even that of others.

He never complained about anything and always put others first despite other people’s obvious selfishness.

He is who I wanted to be like and it is his example I wanted to emulate.

However, I was wrong!

You see I thought this was what being a perfectionist was all about, but it’s not.

Here is why;

My dad never had a problem admitting he made a mistake and he always allowed for human error.

He never expected more from himself or from us than what would be normal for imperfect humans.

My dad wasn’t a perfectionist, but a man of excellence. Everything he did was done with the best of his abilities and strength, he always did everything with excellence.

I wrongfully adopted the term perfectionist because of my friends and former co-workers who would always say to me “you’re a perfectionist”.

Sadly, they had me all wrong and because I didn’t know any better I adopted this view of myself and my dad.

In my later years shortly after my separation and divorce, I began my journey into the art of introspection and eventually developed a keen sense of self-awareness.

It was then that I realized and understood that I was never a perfectionist after at all, but a man that strives for excellence.


Everything I did, I did to the fullest of my abilities and strength but never forgetting my humanity by always allowing room for error.

Final thoughts,

The one underlined reason for doing everything to the best of my abilities and strength was because my dad taught us that when death came knocking at our door, the only thing people would remember about us was our name.

We learned from him that our name was our character and the kind and type of person we are and where and that this is all that people would remember about us once we were gone.

It all boils down to this;

“How do you want to be remembered?”

Even until now with my dad at age 76, battling systemic cancer (leukemia), he still


Washes dishes,

Takes care of their home,

And cares for our mom

Demonstrating his love for her and us.

All this always being done to the best of his abilities and strength, with excellence.

This is what I understand a person of excellence to be.

A person of excellence isn’t someone that strives to be perfect in all they do, but someone who strives to do all with the best of their abilities and strength while never forgetting or forsaking their own humanity.

PS; As my dad’s health deteriorates my mom is doing more and more of the work with the same example of my dad.

“Change the way you think, change your world.”

Bradford Lee Mace

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By Bradford Lee Mace

Dad, Health & Fitness Enthusiast, Writer, Poet & Entrepreneur

One day a poem formed in my mind, it happened as a result of an experience I was going though. So I wrote it down and haven’t stopped writing since.

I’m not skilled in grammar and punctuation or even spelling, but I do have a gift for translating my feelings, thoughts and emotions into words, that people can relate to.

My motivation for writing comes from a deeply rooted desire I have to encourage and motivate people.

I know the loneliness, that darkness that leads a person to contemplating suicide, that was once me. I had no one that understood the pain, agony and darkness I was going through.

And that is why I write and share publicly, in hope that I might encourage another human soul needing desperately to hear, “There’s hope, you’re not alone in your struggle”.

I haven’t figured out everything, but what I have figured out I write about, and sometimes I bleed words turning them into poetry.