A fun piece by Lucy Kellaway, not tongue-in-cheek, about the obsession and distortion in perfection and being a perfectionist. Concluding quote:
In most things, being good enough requires quite a lot of effort. More recently, CEOs of Barclays haven’t been nearly good enough. Nor have most other bankers, or most other workers, or most products, or, come to that, most newspaper columnists. And most universities are nowhere near good enough either – they are increasingly places where students emerge with a lot of debt, having suffered more wear and tear on their livers than on their brains.