Those words rang in my ear during one of the many web project meetings I had with the partners of my agency. We were redesigning the corporate website and I was in charge of… well everything.
I was in charge but had no authority – like Fitzgerald Grant in Scandal. Pretty much a recipe for an epic failure. But I didn’t fail. I launched that shit like a boss and I did it all within our timeline.
Fast forward a few years later and those words still ring in my ear. Mostly, because the person that said them terrified me.
Terrified and in awe all at the same time. She commanded a room like Olivia Pope controlled the White House.
Also I should warn you now. Scandal is like my favorite TV show and I have a simmering gladiator inside waiting to come out. Shonda Rhimes if we were friends I’d be giving you the cold shoulder for ending my favorite show.
Actually if we were friends I would be so excited.
But this woman, when she wanted shit done. People got it done. When she asked me to get something done, I got it done.
“No,” was never an option. It wasn’t even in the dictionary. No matter how many times I ran to my boss complaining how impossible it was. I got HER shit done… every time.
I strive to be like her… #Boss #Gladiator
But less intimidating.
In this web meeting, we needed to settle on some decisions to keep us on schedule. And in the middle of the debate this gladiator leaned in and schooled us all, “Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.”
She continued, “Let’s not let perfect prevent us from moving forward.”
When I get caught up in my own perfectionism, which happens a lot, I remember her words. She is much more giant in my head and way more intimating. In real-life though, we are in a text-message-friendly space and check in with each other from time to time. The mutual respect is real.
Being Perfect Gets in the Way
Striving for perfect is my #1 success blocker. There are so many things I opted out of because I knew it wasn’t going to meet my high expectations of perfection.
From trying a new sport to public speaking. Aiming for perfect always slows things down if it doesn’t stop me in my tracks first.
I won’t even tell you the curse of knowing just enough about web development to be dangerous. I would spend hours tinkering with wordpress templates and stylesheets and images. All to create the “perfect” website.
Instead of doing the actual writing for the website. Words are sorta essential for a blog, in case you didn’t know.
A little tip, don’t tinker with PHP code at 2 am – only bad things will happen. Hats off to my husband and our backup system!
Believing in perfect is as crazy as believing in unicorns. They Don’t Exist and neither does PERFECT!
There is no perfect website design, there is no perfect body, there is no perfect house, no perfect story, no perfect blog post or car or kid or dog… you get the idea.
So stop wasting time trying to be perfect and getting nowhere. Instead start doing. Even if it means doing it badly.
Instead of pushing yourself to an impossible ‘perfect,’ and therefore getting nowhere, accept ‘good.’ Many things worth doing are worth doing badly. – Gretchen Rubin
Nix the idea of writing the “perfect” blog post. Start writing!
Scrap the idea of having the “perfect” body. Start working out and eating healthy!
Forget about finding the “perfect” time to have a kid. Get busy making one! (There is NO perfect time to have a kid, by the way.)
And that business plan you’ve been trying to perfect and the other one brewing in your head. Axe all the planning. And start the business already!
Totally not referring to myself… I mean I got the website up and social channels created and…
Get comfortable with being “good enough.” And get shit done!