If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good. – Bill Gates
What is the one reason for procrastination?
To deliver a perfect masterpiece, you would spend countless hours researching. Even more hours and efforts in polishing your works. Even more hours in editing.
Before you know it, days become weeks. Weeks become months. Months become years. At the end, your “masterpiece” remains an idea, hidden away from the eyes of its intended audience.
A principle I heard is to “do just good enough”.
As long your masterpiece meets a certain standard, being good enough, then push it out.
Publish your “good enough” articles or book.
Sell your “good enough” products.
Deliver your “good enough” presentation.
Give your “good enough” workshops.
Being good enough doesn’t mean giving out sub-par efforts.
Being good enough means meeting certain standards. This standards can be industrial standard, your competition standards, or even your own internal standards.
Working in manufacturing line, there is a certain yield that we must meet. If we are to meet 100% yield (perfectionism), we would never have manufactured a single thing to our customers. In a realist world, achieving 100% yield is simply impossible.
Our industrial standard is 80%. Our competitors are running at 80% yield. Hence, being good enough means we deliver a yield of 80% too.
Being good enough could also mean setting the target of 85% yield. Or even extending the quality to 90%.
Whatever it is, the yield set is never 100%.
Another example would be this post. I admit, my writings isn’t as polished as the other bloggers out there. I could spend weeks perfecting this post. Or, I could make it good enough and post it.
My idea is to make this post is comprehensible to you. And, for you to gain benefits from reading this post. Then, it is good enough for me.
It isn’t that I want to write a perfect blog post that would earn me a Nobel Prize.
You may say that that it defeats the purpose of achieving perfection. Of delivering our best.
My counter-argument is this. A tangible good enough product is always better than an imaginary perfect idea stuck in your mind.
And being good enough can be a moving target, increasing your quality as you move on. But remember, always set a target where good enough allows you to put your deliverable out.
The key idea is to kill off procrastination, with the excuse of achieving perfectionism.
What is your goals or dreams? Instead of setting it to perfectionism, what is the bare minimum of “good enough” that you can settle with? That once this target is hit, you would push out your deliverable to your intended audience?
Take action today to achieve your dreams!