At the risk sounding like a cheap motivation guidebook: I strive for excellence, not perfection.
The kind of travel photography I do has aspects of both. I have to be pragmatic because I simply don't have the time and equipment to set up complex scenes, especially cannot wait for the "perfect light". Just work with what is there in that particular moment. But there is a lot of things I have influence on: composition (angle, crop, focal length), exposure time, point of focus, depth of field, reflections, ... I'm still learning to master this and I'm far away from any kind of excellence.
But the task often is not to get everything perfectly right, at least photographs tend to get unintentionally sterile and boring when one does, but to know what matters to get the point, atmosphere, emotion, message across. In the end it is a matter of balance. I think you perfectly keep that balance and your art is most excellent.