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Perfection is an ideal that makes life worth living--the internal applause as you hit the perfect note, write the perfect piece, reach the goal you once thought unattainable.Yet many of us abandon that pursuit and settle for less than what we secretly want: perfect work, perfect love, perfect selves.
Few have courted perfection like Nobel Prize winner Juan Ramn Jimnez, who felt both fear and exhilaration before his own high standards and negotiated shrewdly with his own personal best.
Drawing upon Juan Ramn's aphorisms, Christopher Maurer meditates upon his struggle and gives us a guide to the pursuit of life's ultimate pleasure: the dream of doing perfect work.Juan Ramn's relentless quest for the perfect poem leads here to an inspiring new vision of how to reach perfection in any endeavor.
Juan Ramn analyzes the most radical elements of perfection: how to create and revise, reconcile noise and silence, listen to dream and instinct, learn from nature, seize the moment, and calm the fear of death.
The Complete Perfectionist provides advice and encouragement for anyone for whom mere excellence is not enough.