Recent events in pop culture have reminded me how the pursuit of perfection manifest itself across many endeavors.

Recent events in pop culture have reminded me how the pursuit of perfection manifest itself across many endeavors. …Of course, we know that perfection is impossible. The pursuit of excellence is far more reasonable, and is encouraged in lieu of perfection for the sake of sanity. But perfection is honorable if for no other reason in that it dares to dream the impossible.

Perfection to me realized itself when I saw Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” from Moonwalker. Of course I speak of the full version – the nearly 10 minute epic – that was the centerpiece of the Moonwalker film; not the 4 minute music video that you usually see on TV. …To me, this story was everything close to perfect. The song, the style, the moves. When I first saw it I thought, “My God, he can even defy gravity!” I wanted to be everything I saw in this video.

That’s a very personal story, but everyone has their own variation on this theme – MJ related or not. Okay so let me tie this into working at Verity. What’s awesome is that I am surrounded by people who have this same level of dedication and tenacity towards their work. Sure, working at a financial institution isn’t as glamorous as being the King of Pop. But that same pursuit of perfection/excellence is sought after by many of my colleagues. It’s one of the biggest reasons why I am inspired to come to work everyday.

Now if only I can incorporate a sequenced glove into my daily routine…

Daryl Rother

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