Jim IgnatowskiIn an episode of the classic sitcom “Taxi” titled “Zen and the Art of Cab Driving,” Reverend Jim transforms himself from the worst to the best cab driver in New York by practicing the “dynamic perfectionism” methods he overheard.  Jim, typically in a hilarious fog, clearly imagined how to provide perfect cab rides, and acted on his vision.  Delighted customers showered him with tips and extended rides.  By the end of the episode, Jim achieved his goal.

While there is no such thing as dynamic perfectionism, the concept that Jim comes across has merit. Many people think that when they get to an important position, they will do it well. However, if you don’t do things to the best of their ability before they reach an important position, they will not reach that important position. The theory dates back at least to Abraham Lincoln who, it was said, strove to do everything to the best of his ability. It was this that allowed him to become president.

While no one is perfect. If you do everything to the best of your ability, you stand out and you achieve more.