I’ve been away from this for too long. A reminder to those out there who are — similar to myself — too prone to perfectionism: There are times when you functioning at 80-90% (and perhaps even less) of optimal capacity are more than good enough. If the outcomes are either no contribution or contributions that are not at maximum potential, the latter is frequently the more valuable choice. If one has already spent years and years… countless hours in training and undertaking ways of increasing intelligence, it should be realized that what falls a bit short of best may still have an important positive impact in this world.
The Gaussian perspective of “few, but ripe” is something that must either be avoided or lessened in times when much of importance is on the line. Gauss himself would have probably increased human scientific progress a fairly substantial amount had he deviated more from the “few, but ripe” methodology and revealed more of his notes to the world. That truth itself is enough to show the flaw in such a conception.
At the end of the day though, there’s healthy perfectionism and unhealthy perfectionism. One must have the power to look inside themselves and accept what they see if long-term achievement is to be realized.