Why present perfection?

I’ve often tried to remind students here that, even in the application eyes of the most selective colleges, perfection is not a realistic goal. Humans have weaknesses, flaws, and things in this world that we’re just flat out not good at. And even more importantly, acknowledging those imperfections is a lot more endearing than presenting a picture to the world—and to colleges—that’s just too perfect to be true.

This month’s edition of the Basecamp podcast tackles this very topic from the perspective of individuals, businesses, and even email communication. As they say in the introduction:

Imperfections are real, and people respond to real. Sometimes being genuine can count for a lot more than being perfect.

Here’s the link for those who’d like to listen.