June 23, 2024


Advocacy. Mediation. Success.

In Praise of Imperfections

I am listed here to cheer for your imperfections. They are your possibility to get over, shine, boost, and, most importantly to me, be unabashedly proud of your humanness.

Laura S. Woods

Senior Counsel, Eastman Chemical Organization

“Let people today get inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.” – Ziad Adelnour

I attended a a few-day management seminar for ladies not long ago. Just one evening involved a panel of woman executives, and a person of all those panelists shared the over estimate with us. It was both of those refreshing and daunting to assume about the idea. On the one hand: “Hallelujah! Perfection is not envisioned, regardless of what you see on social media and by other shops.” Rapidly, while, on the other: “Wait. My purchasers count on me to enable them, to foresee what could possibly go wrong and adjust for that, and I are not able to permit a flaw of mine penalize my shopper.”


Even getting this conversation in the open up will cause me a little bit of, um, hesitation. Flexibility. Exhilaration. Coronary heart palpitations.

Each individual yr, my greatest close friend, Amy Mahone—an amazing shareholder with Baker Donelson’s lengthy-time period treatment transactional practice—and I expend some time with the Lawyering and Professionalism class at The College of Tennessee College or university of Regulation. We share with them the insider secrets to our successful professions. Not really. There are no secrets. Fairly, we communicate with them about how we figured out, and go on to figure out, what tends to make us tick skillfully and keeps our fires stoked. 

Woven into the presentation, at times subtly and other instances loudly: we constantly find out much more from conditions that did not go as prepared than the kinds we executed to perfection. It is a truth that permeates any element of your daily life. 

Ponder appropriate now on a particularly “generous” finding out experience. You are very likely reminded that you identified a little something about yourself during that time that deserved tweaking for upcoming reference.


Now, take into consideration when you’ve watched an individual else discover just one of his/her flaws.  While you’re there, feel about the grace you extended to that person—a shopper, maybe—as he/she labored as a result of the shortcoming(s). Did you think considerably less of the person for working with those imperfections?


I am right here to cheer for your imperfections. They are your prospect to defeat, glow, boost, and, most importantly to me, be unabashedly happy of your humanness. Your ideal get the job done can come from dealing with those imperfections, whatever they may possibly be, in whatever kind they might choose, and in whatsoever place of existence they may dwell. Embrace the imperfection, for the alternatives arising from it are unlimited.