Perfectionism does not breed greatness.
Practice makes great, and giving one hundred percent makes for a great practice. Sometimes, we feel unable to give it our best. But—we try nonetheless. Fuck perfection, just get started!
Now that we have gotten started, we shall still not seek for perfection. Too often, this creates an illusion of progress. We get caught up in petty details and misuse them to procrastinate. Instead of moving on to bigger challenges, we hone and hone and hone.* We waste time.
See, perfectionism is a symptom of low self-esteem. We hone and hone because we feel insecure, not worthy, not good enough, and we hold ourselves to idiotic standards.
We know we can do better, build better, create better, but we forget one important thing:—these expectations were whispered into our soul by our ego, not our genuine self.
The truth is: We cannot get better if we focus solely on refining our product rather than refining our skill that creates products. Refining a skill, however, often means getting things done and over with:
- to meet a deadline that concentrates our cognitive forces,
- to put our work out there and harvest the feedback,
- to free up space for advanced challenges.
Perfectionism is an excuse made up by our fear of time pressure, our fear of criticism, and our fear of taking a step into the unknown.
Let this be our creed: We do not trust our instinct to attain perfection if it makes us take smaller steps (like working on an old detail instead of a new project). Nor do we dwell on our fear of mediocrity if it makes us take no steps at all; inactivity is never an option!
Imperfection is life.
Imperfection is what makes great art excellent.
Imperfection is what makes great work authentic.
Imperfection is what makes great beauty stunning.
Imperfection is what makes great personality loveable.
Not one perfect circle exists in nature.
By accepting imperfection, we embrace life.
This post is not perfect.
Of course, everything said here is but a half-truth.
If your standard for perfection is low, this post contains ill advice.
* This post has been revised 19 times.