Perfection: A Product Of Little Details
“And the Lord spake unto Moses…..
“And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.
“According to all that I show thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of the instrument thereof, even so, shall ye make it.” ~Exodus 25:1,8,9
After going through the book of Exodus, I could not but notice the way the Lord gave very comprehensive information about how the ‘Ark’ should be built. From the measurements to the design, from the materials needed to the exact way the materials would be tempered. Nothing was left out. To the minutest information, God gave a vivid explanation of the whole process. This is why the craftsmen were able to build it exactly as God wanted it. And it was perfect!
I recall when I started sharing my thoughts on social media in 2012, jeez🤦🏿♂! It was laden with unconventional abbreviations and outright abuse of grammatical laws and standards.
“E nor mean as long as the message is passed across” was my excuse. But thanks to those who kept on pressuring me to be ‘professional’ about it and write well.
In 2013, when I fully took the advice and tried as much as possible to avoid glaring errors and also placed a ban on the usage of abbreviations, a young writer whose work I admire, sent me a message that shook me. “I can see that you have taken your writing skill seriously. I can now respond and comment on your post”. Some people can’t deal with quacks. Don’t blame them, upgrade!
Every time my wife gets her clothes from the local tailors, I am always prepared for the bag loads of complaints. But that does not happen when she buys what we call ‘already made’ clothes, which by the way, are mainly foreign. Analysing her complaints, it dawned on me that the tailors don’t pay attention to details. That little stitch, that embroidery at the exact helm, that adjustment that has nothing to do with the shape of the cloth, but to ensure that the pattern on the initial material is pronounced. All these seemingly little considerations are what brings about perfection!
As a writer, with a goal of writing award-winning books, and books that will outlive me and still be invaluable, I researched books that have been adjudged great in the past. And do you know what I saw? It was not just about the content, the use of words, the nuances of the writer, the flow, the editing, the cover design, the quality of the print, the format used, everything that makes reading and understanding of the work fun, was considered.
In an interview with a Reservoir Engineer, Mr Adetula Bamidele Opeyemi, in Lagos last month, he expressed his dissatisfaction with our local engineers with respect to project handling and execution, “their job is always shabby and lack professional touch”, he lamented. When asked if it was about the competence of our local engineers, he replied, “it is not about competence, it is more of a character issue. Our knack to cut corners and gross impatience are the major reasons”.
Using myself as an example, those days when I use abbreviations and post the articles without editing or proofreading it, was it because I was not competent? Of course not. The problem was not with my content but more of my packaging and delivering. So when Mr Adetula talked about our local engineers, I could relate perfectly.
Michelangelo would not have been ascribed the greatest sculptor of all time if he was not given to details. Reports have it that he would rework a particular part of a project if it did not come out faultlessly, even when the said fault is not visible to others. He understood perfectly how detailed work can take one to a professional pinnacle.
To operate at that professional level that you earnestly covet, you must be ready to pay attention to the minutest of details in your given field. It is only through that you can attain excellence in that field.
And don’t forget, you can’t woo high paying clients until you attain the professional level. And you can’t get the professional status when your job is still flawed with blunders.
Be Perfect, Be Professional, Be Detailed!
To your success!
Author of “Warri Nor Dey Carry Last”.
IDEDE Oseyande, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, is an unrepentant believer in the Nigeria project.
His concern for the actualisation of a prosperous nation and the continent, in general, is reflected in his written works.
He currently runs an online advocacy platform (www.socialwatchdog.ng) where he engages the government and the people.
Among his published works are ‘What is Left of What is Right?’, ‘The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader’ and ‘Warri No Dey Carry Last’.
He is a guest writer for several blogs and his Attitudinal and Behavioral Coaching classes has transformed many lives.