Thursday, September 12, 2013
Why Shouldn't I Demand Perfection?
Whine, whine, whine! People exhaust me with their petty gripes. "You're too critical, Chef Richards!" or "Why are you so demanding?" or, my personal favorite, "You're meaner than Gordon Ramsey!"
Am I mean for demanding perfection of my students and of everyone around me? I give perfection, and so I expect perfection in return. How is that mean?
At a cake competition a couple months ago--at which, I was the presiding judge--a ten-year old boy threw a complete fit when I accused him of having an adult help with his cake. It was this complicated haunted house with lights and sound! No ten-year-old child could have rigged that up by himself!
The boy turned over the table on which his cake and two others were sitting. It was a mess. It didn't matter that much, though, as neither of the other two cakes were prize-contenders and I'd already disqualified the child's cake.
I later heard that the boy had some sort of high-functioning form of autism or something. Someone also mentioned that the boy's mother had a video which proved that he did the work himself. Excuse me, but we all have our issues. We all have our problems. We all have our conditions. I'd have heard the boy out had he addressed me maturely and stated his case rather than having a tantrum and turning the table over. He chose the latter action. How is that my fault? Don't you hate when people don't take responsibility for their own actions?
And, while I'm at it, what's you're take on perfectionism? Excuse me. [Looks away.] Who are you and what are you doing with that cake stand? Uh-oh....
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