If you’re into food, especially meals that you could never afford, there’s a great photo comparison of Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry & Per Se by TheFeast. The photos and accompanying captions do an excellent job of showing the similarities and differences between Keller’s Michelin 3 star restaurants.
The sign that hangs in both of Keller’s restaurants reads:
When you acknowledge, as you must, that there is no such thing as perfect food, only the idea of it, then the real purpose of striving toward perfection becomes clear: to make people happy, that is what cooking is all about.
Replace the words ‘food’ and ‘cooking’ with whatever subject matter you want. That is the recipe (sorry, had to) for success.