Selection and attention bias really change how we perceive the world around us and in turn how we measure ourselves against that backdrop of elusive perfection.
It is much healthier to realize most situations and outcomes are not perfect, but rather we do the most we can as best as we can with what we know and have at that moment.
The extra pressure and scrutiny from others (whether legitimate or self-imposed) looming over our heads doesn't help, and perhaps we fear ridicule in response to "failures" or "faults". But as you mentioned, people really do appreciate honesty and authenticity more.
A part of your article also reminds me of a sentiment shared by Sir Richard Branson, which (paraphrased) is essentially to start before you feel ready -- not haphazardly or carelessly, but with confidence in yourself to move forward and grow through experience, no matter where it takes you. The "perfect" time to start is now :)
On another note, +Taryn O'Neill
, I think it's awesome you're championing #ActressesForSTEM
and women in STEM, and I appreciated your post on why the upcoming series Cosmos matters (for those who haven't read it yet: http://operationbabe.tumblr.com/post/78792748209/why-cosmos-should-matter-especially-to-hollywood
). Reaching that Hollywood audience is directly in line with what Ann Druyan and Neil DeGrasse Tyson said about the show being for everyone, but being even sweeter to reach people who didn't know they might have an interest in science or even people who may think science isn't applicable to them or that it is out of reach for them to take part in it.
Another reason Hollywood should have an interest in STEM is to invest in their future behind the cameras; I didn't even know the movie industry had awards for scientists and engineers for advancing the capabilities of the tech for creative-making tools.