You may have heard the old saying “Anything worth doing is worth doing badly.” Life has a pretty steep learning curve. Your mistakes are best framed as course corrections, an attitude that keeps perfection where it belongs, as an aspirational value. Perfectionism, in contrast, represents the tyranny of the ideal, a dictator who demands absolute obedience, who tolerates no deviations, no individuality, who mercilessly heaps shame onto anyone who falls short of the highest expectations. Perfectionism is the opposite acceptance, because it refuses to acknowledge mitigating factors and insists rigidly that you must obey.