Jon Bowers: We should aim for perfection -- and stop fearing failure
Jon Bowers - Perfection enthusiast
UPS's Jon Bowers oversees driver and delivery training at one of the company's next-generation training facilities. Full bio
is where companies like Google
that are commonly miskeyed,
and rake in millions
visiting something like gmale.com
on Amazon's supercode
over 160 million dollars
at the New England Compound,
where these types of typos,
or just good enough was acceptable?
the type of results that we get.
should all seek perfection,
of professional delivery drivers,
of the cost of failure,
of professional driving,
means somebody dies.
of four commercial airliners
to pay perfect attention behind the wheel.
one missing comma, it's a failed test.
wrinkled and expect me to let you stay.
that my drivers are on time.
not to break, not to lunch.
to be somewhere, be there.
so that my students understand
to drive a car and I say,
every traffic signal, every cross street,
every dirt road, every crosswalk,
strict, or uniform,
developed in the small things
get the little things right,
of an American football field
the same amount of time
to check a text message.
than perfection out of them.
accepting 99 percent as good enough.
has real consequences, doesn't it?
were only 99.9 percent effective,
in circulation today
on the magnetic strip on the back.
was only 99.9 percent accurate,
only 99.9 percent correct,
would be written incorrectly,
to the wrong parents every day
crashed a 1.4-billion-dollar aircraft
only did 99 percent of their job.
that 16 people are now dead,
produced and distributed a product
you know, good enough.
of death in America.
they were doing their job good enough
to believe anything these days
of what news pundits say
to give you a minute on that,
perfection is impossible for humans,
will not only ruin your self-esteem
of that word failure,
so afraid of that idea of failure
happen to our egos when we fall short.
that failure's going to ruin you?
that gets us slow websites,
perfection the bad guy in all this?
are basically the same thing.
exists all around us.
too difficult or too painful,
our natural ability to deal with failure
a lower acceptance level.
or good-enough attitude
the maintenance crew, the engineer,
and isn't that good enough?"
and especially not in these examples.
to be perfect is so stressful, right?
universities study it,
even warned you about it.
perfection is too stressful
is too exhausting.
you've got to endure the pain.
seeking perfection is too stressful
dollar-a-year self-help industry
against the idea of perfection
not trying to be perfect
and protect your ego.
has a higher recidivism rate
how to accept being a failure
pushing you to be perfect.
therapists and self-help gurus
and not the illness.
is our unwillingness to confront failure.
resting on our efforts
of a graduating class valedictorian.
offering up an equal outcome
the loser or the underachiever.
is left to wonder,
to cultivate this culture,
or nobody is told that they will fail,
their potential, either.
are necessary for success.
that the greatest danger for most of us
is too high and we miss it,
excuse to give up.
as a destructive intolerance for failure,
giving it a new definition?
as a willingness to do what is difficult
in our quest for perfection,
without fear of failure,
a nine-and-a-half inch ball
that's suspended 10 feet in the air
of near-flawless code
four million pounds of rocket fuel
spaceship into orbit.
in Kansas City, Missouri,
genome coding in just 26 hours.
to diagnose genetic diseases
to start treatments earlier
when we seek perfection.
more like the professional athlete,
that tireless programmer,
filled with the consequences
About the speaker:Jon Bowers - Perfection enthusiast
UPS's Jon Bowers oversees driver and delivery training at one of the company's next-generation training facilities.
Why you should listen
Through a combination of 3D computer simulations, hands-on learning and traditional classroom teaching, Jon Bowers helps ensure that the millions of miles UPSers drive every year are driven safely. His 15 years of UPS logistics operations experience and a lifetime of lessons have led him to believe in the power of perusing perfection and the dangers of accepting failure. Bowers's role at UPS has convinced him of the value of quality training and high expectations.
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