I’m a perfectionist. It wreaks havoc in my life on so many fronts that if I were to write them here, it would probably become a book.
Perfection, while a noble ideal, is an enemy for me and other creative professionals. It functions as a reason to procrastinate, to rip the creative person apart, to fuel self-doubt, and to “prove” that no matter what we create, it’ll never be good enough.
Perfection robs creative professionals of joy.
Joy happens when we declare a project finished. We created the project to the best of our abilities based on our current knowledge and skills. Isn’t that enough?
Finished lifts a load off of our shoulders. It clears the way for our next creative projects. It fuels excitement to try something new or build on the skills we gained from the previous project.
We design creative projects to share them with others. Perfection causes us to put them in a drawer, hide them in a closet, or cover them with a sheet.
Forget perfection. Put the project on display. It is the best you can do right now.
We’re constantly learning, every project is going to be better than the last. Keep creating, keep sharing.
Finished is better than perfect.