Gretchen Rubin

Sometimes, Flawed Can Be More Perfect Than Perfection.

0:00
Download

I read this wonderful story in the fascinating book Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom.

Nordstrom was an extraordinarily brilliant and influential editor of children's books, and here, she makes an important point about how sometimes, flawed can be more perfect than perfection. When reading that picture, book children will enjoy noticing that in one illustration, the octopus has only seven tentacles.

It can be a lot of fun to point out mistakes -- something I remind myself when people seem to take such great pleasure in pointing out my mistakes to me.

The beautiful portrait above of Nordstrom was painted by Maurice Sendak, whom she discovered and published.

I mention the "Moment of Happiness," my free email newsletter. Every day, I'll send you a great quote about happiness and human nature. Sign up here or email me.

More Episodes For You

icon schooled

Find out if you’re an Upholder, Obliger, Questioner, or a Rebel.

The Four Tendencies explain why we act and why we don’t actOur Tendency shapes every aspect of our behavior, so understanding your Tendency lets us make better decisions, meet deadlines, suffer less stress and burnout, and engage more effectively.

Take the quiz

Get My Monthly Newsletter

Sign up to get my free monthly newsletter. It highlights the best material from here, my Facebook Page, and new original work.