Have you ever pursued a project or dream and never seem to complete what you started because you feel as if it is not “perfect”? Nothing is wrong with pursuing excellence in all you do but when you let self doubt and overly critical reviews on yourself stand in the way of ever letting anyone see what you produced, then you are not allowing your ideas and creations to realize success.
I have talked to many people who have shared their personal projects with me and I am amazed at the work they have produced. The types of projects I am talking about is their passion and because they have a deep passion for it, they are overly critical when it comes to criticizing their own work. Some of the work I have seen from others include, poems, artwork, books, software, an idea, business startup etc. and what I have noticed is that many usually feel as if it is not good enough to share with the masses or good enough to offer as a product. This is where I think the pursuit of being perfect is actually not perfect because it is limiting the potential success one might realize if others get to see it and consume it. Great ideas come from everyday people and innovation starts with each individuals imagination and solution to problems. That made me wonder about how many unique and cool products there were out there that are not for sale on the mass market because of individuals self limiting beliefs. I have browsed craft fairs in the past and have found the most beautiful crafted products and actually prefer to buy these handmade items for gifts because they are perfect in my eyes, unique, original and much more creative than products offered in masses.
Limiting yourself by trying to be perfect could actually hinder you from actually reaching perfection. Many fear the criticism given by others and try to perfect what they are doing before they feel it is good enough. Yet, good enough never occurs and it is shelved away, never to be seen by anyone or by only a few people. We cannot satisfy everyone and you can actually use the criticisms by people as ways to improve what you are doing, if they are truly giving you constructive criticism in the first place. If someone says that idea is horrible, you may ask, “how can I improve upon this, based on your assessment” or ask about other possible ways to make your creation better and find areas to work on from different sets of eyes versus only what you see and know. Like I said earlier, you cannot and will not satisfy everyone, so pay attention to the ones who like what you have produced and cater to them. If you look at our market today and in the past, there have been amazing products offered to us that we love, yet others do not care for. A great example is the choice of using a PC or a MAC. Lets imagine if the founders of Apple never shown anyone what they have created or offered their products for sale, we would never have the iphone, ipad, ipod and other creative products that came from this company. Apple has evolved over time, and with any company or product, it evolves into better products over time.
If you have an idea, product or dream you have created or invented, give it room to breathe and consider sharing it with the world, you might not satisfy everyone, but something great might come about you allowing it grow. Things will never be perfect but you could always work towards that goal, but don’t let the pursuit of trying to be perfect actually stop you from being perfect.