The Art Of Compromise
Compromise is divisively perceived either as something weak and negative or humbling and positive. Where do you sit on the spectrum? Your opinion on the matter might influence the amount of stress you feel.
The origin of the word “compromise” means to make a mutual promise. This promise exists not only with others, but with ourselves. As we might compromise in a business negotiation, we also compromise when we wisely accept our own shortcomings.
In her compelling TED talk, Charly Haversat, an ex-professional athlete and self-proclaimed recovering perfectionist, reflects that an obsession with perfectionism, or an unwillingness to compromise, has led to dire consequences:
“We’ve lost our ability to negotiate incremental gains.”