Progress beats perfect every single time. Perfection is just another form of procrastination. Get over yourself; you’ll never be able to produce anything that is flawless. As much as can you try to replicate perfection it’s an idea as elusive as the wind. When you horde your creation you’re doing yourself a disservice by stopping the wheels of progress. Let’s face it, there will always be something that can be improved, and if you seek perfection, it’ll never see the light of the day. That’s why it’s better to give someone your best rather than nothing at all.
Tech companies in Silicon Valley practice this with their product launches. Instead of seeking perfection, they send out the best version and react to the market. They understand that it’s better to send off what you have and see what the world thinks first.
Now perfection is an admirable goal, but the sooner we can come to the realization that perfect is just an idea, the faster we can move on. Let’s face it, at no point will you be finished with your work, as a creator you will always know your projects flaws. It will always need some tweaking, refinement, and elbow grease. Instead, be resourceful and produce something that you can be proud of, perfection is not necessary, nor is it realistic.
For example, look at the 2007-2008 New England Patriots. A team lead by arguably the greatest quarterback of all-time in Tom Brady. They dominated their opponents in the regular season finishing with a record of 16-0. They went on to the Super Bowl facing a scrappy yet determined New York Giants. Although, the Patriots were heavy favorites in this bout between titans they failed to deliver and win the only game that mattered. This goes to show you that even the greatest can’t capture perfection and that’s okay, not making progress, however, is not.
That’s why doing your best and presenting it to the world, is real courage. Either way, you’ll face criticism, but people will always remember the positive. When the iPhone first launched it was a truly revolutionary product. Everyone loved it and raved how great it was, but no one remembers that it didn’t have a copy and paste function. Something that I use every day, now Steve Jobs was aware of this, but rather than postponing production he launched it instead. He trusted the process and introduced the world to his best version rather than the perfect one. Now it has gone on to become one of the most popular cell phones in existence. Showing you that being perfect is often not required. However, a little bit of heart, smarts, and guts is.
So have the courage to present your best to the world and adjust from there. Often what you have is usually good enough.