Music Director Of The New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, On Perfectionism

Photo via Hiroyuki Ito

Photo via Hiroyuki Ito

"My wife laughs when I say this because I work hard and I keep a difficult schedule.  I say that I'm fundamentally lazy, and the only thing that's stronger than my natural laziness is this absolutely pathological need to be 100 percent prepared.  So in a way, it doesn't quite make sense, but I really... it's just one thing that I just never would allow myself to do is to show up being less than prepared.  That's the one thing you can control.  You can't control what happens externally, but you can control your level of preparation. That gives you confidence, and that makes it possible to, I think, really give the best when the pressure is on." - Alan Gilbert via The Big Think

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