You Can’t Wait for it to be Perfect

You'll never be perfect!

“Assert your right to make a few mistakes. If people can’t accept your imperfections, that’s their fault.”

Have you ever developed an idea only to discover no one was interested?

Have you ever invested thousands of dollars only to never receive a financial return?

The biggest lie that we so easily buy into is the notion that everything must be perfect. While most individuals who buy into this assumption are driven by excellence, it usually ends up revealing itself as a serious case of “doing nothing.”

The things that I hear most often (and have had to come to grip with myself) usually sound like this:

  1. I don’t have enough time to make it happen.
  2. When I have the most advanced tools, then I’ll do something.
  3. What if no one likes it?
  4. Who would buy my product?
  5. I don’t have enough money.

If you haven’t noticed there is a common thread here…

It’s called “Excuses!”

To be honest, these excuses lead to only pacifying our fears and providing approval to wait for the perfect day.

BREAKING NEWS… There’s no such thing as a perfect day!

Accepting Your Imperfection is the Key to Moving Forward

The moment you realize that you can leverage your imperfection, you’re on the road to getting closer to your goal.

In Eric Ries book, “The Lean Startup,” (affiliate link) Eric outlines the importance of building a startup upon the idea of quickly building your product (minimum viable product), measuring your effectiveness and then learning from that data.

Seth Godin defines success not by what you think about or plan, but by what your ship(affiliate link)

While I encourage you buy both of these books, there are things that you can do today to get you closer to your end goal.

What if you decided to ship your idea… Start. Measure it’s response and then learn. Would it be better then just hoping that someday you’ll get it perfect?

Action Items

  1. Review your goals and planning documents and create deadlines and milestones.
  2. Start Today – write, build, code, film… Whatever you need to do to start.
  3. Accept that it won’t be perfect.
  4. Share and get feedback.
  5. Learn from feedback.
  6. Adjust and keep shipping.

I had to accept the fact that I won’t be perfect. Errors will be visible. However, the only way I’m going to get closer to my goal is to build, ship, measure and learn.

Take the time TODAY to do something… Whatever it is, don’t accept dreaming and planning as an end. Make something happen. I guarantee you’ll be glad you did.

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