7 January 2016

Thursday Quotables (Jan 7)

Welcome to the first Thursday Quotables here at this page! It's a weekly feature hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies, and it's all about sharing your favourite quote or passage from a book you're currently Reading. It can be funny, a real tearjerker or just something beautifully written. You decide.

Right now, I'm reading Felicia Day's memoirs, You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). Before she became an actress and a geek icon, Day double-majored in mathematics and violin. She has always been very good at math, but when she took Group Theory in the summer semester, she hit a speed bump. She failed the exam the first time, and her professor told her to try and get a "B". A "B"? That was not an option. Determined to get an A, Day spent her whole summer studying Group Theory. And she crushed it with 100 out of 100.  

She wanted to be the best, to get the perfect score, and that's something most of us can relate to. To not settle for less.

"If someone's takeaway from this story is "Felicia Day said don't study!", I'll punch you in the face. But I AM saying don't chase perfection for perfection's sake, or for anyone else's sake at all. If you strive for something, make sure it's for the right reasons. And if you fail, that will be a better lesson for you than any success you'll ever have. Because you learn a lot from screwing up.

Being perfect... not so much."

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