Anyway, the one thing that always kills me is when the people with the worst dish are up in front of the judges, and someone inevitably admits that they didn't try their hardest. They didn't do their food their way. And I'm like, "WHHHHHHHY!?!" If you know that you only have one chance to make an impression, why would you not put in 110%?
And then I realize that I've been guilty of it too. I talk to my agent about half-baked ideas. I send manuscripts to my crit partners that aren't quite ready. It's stupid and I admit that.
I was watching Friday Night Lights the movie, and the character of the coach always told his players to be perfect. Toward the end, he explained that being perfect simply meant being able to look each other in the eye and know that they'd done their best. We should all strive to be perfect.
I've gone from cooking to football, but the point is that if I'm going to end up having to defend a losing idea to my agent, an editor, or whatever, I want to at least be able to say that I did my best, that I was perfect.
Damn, now I'm hungry.