Source: 15 questions.
The drive for perfection is not uniquely German. But, as Manuel Göttsching knows quite well, there is certainly a tendency here to regard hard work as a prerequisite for success. This ideal doesn’t just relate to cars, but is typically applied to creativity as well. Unless something is intensely laboured over, honed and fine-tuned for months or years, and unless it almost causes the artist to collapse over the hardships of creation, it can be many things – a side thought, a pleasant divertissement, “mere” entertainment. Meaningful and life-changing, however, is something it could never be.