The Possibility of Perfection

Humans are flawed mammals. We goof up a lot of stuff every day.

In business, there is a practice called Sigma Six; it was originally a quality control measure for Japanese companies and now very much in vogue in Silicon Valley under a new name- Agile.

An example of Agile is those constant updates you get from Adobe. You wonder why you get all of those. The reason you do is Adobe considers its products never finished. Once a product launches, it’s really only the beginning. Adobe makes good stuff because they are constantly fixing bugs and upgrading something. The products are never perfect, but they’re always being improved upon.

Poking around the Internet ( and hearing a similar number from a local sports talk show host) I learned that a mere 19,000 humans have played Major League Baseball in its history.  There are 300 million humans walking around America just this afternoon. Take all the people who have played the game of life in North America since 1900, and you are talking about billions of Americans.

To make to to the big leagues, you have to be very, very, very good. Even the worst teams have players that are superior to almost anyone else who could try to play baseball. Think about how good these men are.

There have been around 350,000 Major League Baseball team games played in the modern era (1900-now).

A puny 22 times, a pitcher has thrown a perfect game.  The San Francisco Giants’ Matt Cain performed this practically impossible feat last night. And by the way, he needed a lot of help. (See related post Team You- You Can’t Go It Alone here.)

For those of us who believe in perfection, we are attempting a feat so magnificent as to be considered biblical.

Better to get your reinvention plan to the starting line- launch it.

You can tweak it as you go!

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