Perfect is the Enemy of What?

If you listened to episode one, then you probably heard me waffling on about how I sound recording these episodes. I used the word weird a lot, but it’s the truth.

Getting used to the way you sound when you play back your own voice is an interesting experience!

The perfectionist side of me wanted to immediately trash episode one and start over. But instead, I thought I’d try and learn from my own awkward teaching moment a very important lesson:

Perfect is the enemy of done.

In this case, if I continued to vacillate about the final product of the very first episode, I wouldn’t be here recording number three. Instead, I chose a quick fix that put my mind at ease, and allowed me to be real AND move forward.

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I added a bit of a ramble about the whole thing AFTER the episode was produced and mastered it. It made me feel better somehow to let you guys know how I felt going into this, and it saved me time so I could continue to refine my voice and create new episodes!

Does this mean not to put out your best work? Absolutely not!

I’m a big advocate of always under promising, overdelivering. But sometimes, as in the case of Episode One, my best was where I was at in that moment, knowing what I knew about this podcast and how it would work.

And my plan is to always improve.

So what are you working on right now that you keep putting off because it feels like there’s always something that needs to be tweaked?

A blog post? A newsletter? Launching your new website? Sharing a new photo editing style? Whatever it is, if you’re nit-picking it to death, you’ll never get it out there. And you might just NEED to get it out there in order to continue growing.

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So don’t cut corners, just do you best. But remember that if you’re a perfectionist to the point of paralysis, you may need to push yourself to dive in and, as Nike so brilliantly coined and marketed: Just do it.

Just do it, folks. Stop overanalyzing and overthinking every single move you make.

If it feels like the right direction, and you’re proud of the work, move on. There is time for improvement as you coast along in the journey, you CAN’T be 100% perfect, ever!

That’s it for today. Chew on it. Ask yourself if there are any areas in your business or life where you’re hesitating because you’re being a little too hard on yourself.

And, as always, in everything you want to achieve, consistency is key.

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