In the entertainment industry, people are looking for perfection. You need to have the perfect look, body, skill set, etc., if you want to succeed. How is the celebrity A-listers secret? Ron Padgett, from The Writer’s Almanac, gives us some tips on how to be perfect:
Eat an orange every morning.
Be friendly. It will help make you happy.
Hope for everything. Expect nothing.
Take care of things close to home first. Straighten up your room before you save the world. Then save the world.
Be nice to people before they have a chance to behave badly.
Don't stay angry about anything for more than a week, but don't forget what made you angry. Hold your anger out at arm's length and look at it, as if it were a glass ball. Then add it to your glass ball collection.
Wear comfortable shoes.
Do not spend too much time with large groups of people.
Plan your day so you never have to rush.
Show your appreciation to people who do things for you, even if you have paid them -- and even if they do favors you don't want.
After dinner, wash the dishes.
Don't expect your children to love you, so they can, if they want to.
Don't be too self-critical or too self-congratulatory.
Don't think that progress exists. It doesn't.
Imagine what you would like to see happen, and then don't do anything to make it impossible.
Forgive your country every once in a while. If that is not possible, go to another one.
If you feel tired, rest.
Don't be depressed about growing older. It will make you feel even older. Which is depressing.
Do one thing at a time.
If you burn your finger, put ice on it immediately. If you bang your finger with a hammer, hold your hand in the air for 20 minutes. you will be surprised by the curative powers of ice and gravity.
Do not inhale smoke.
Take a deep breath.
Do not smart off to a policeman.
Be honest with yourself, diplomatic with others.
Do not go crazy a lot. It's a waste of time.
Drink plenty of water. When asked what you would like to drink, say, "Water, please."
Take out the trash.
Use exact change.
When there's shooting in the street, don't go near the window.
Sometimes, things are out of our control. So instead of stressing about how to be perfect, take a deep breath and relax. Look at Ron’s tips because he’s got some great advice. What tips do you have on how to achieve perfection?
Not only is Ron an expert on being perfect, he's also an acclaimed poet! Check out The Writers Almanac to read all of his poems: http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/author.php?auth_id=1206