Perfection will make you wait until everything is right. It will never be time to start because some conditions are not quite right, something is missing or an event has not happened yet.
Perfection requires that what you produce is more than acceptable for everyone, everywhere, all the time and forever. Standard perfection sets are superior to anything anyone can reach, anywhere, at any time.
Perfection requires that what you do succeed be guaranteed, otherwise perfection will not allow you to put the work into the world – even what you create is exactly what some people need most at the moment.
Optimization is a form of perfection if it prevents you from starting, publishing or launching your work. Revisiting the same ground, looking for what can be improved, what could be criticized or what worries you to be judged for having created, is another form of perfectionism.
If what you create must be perfect, you can never create. There are more than seven billion people on the planet, each with their own subjective view of what is good and right and true. There is nothing you can create that is universally accepted or loved by everyone. When something is loved by millions of people, it is as much about luck and timing as it is about the work itself.
If you are a writer, write. If you are a singer, sing. If you are an entrepreneur, start your business. If what you do will create value for others, create it. Perfection is too slow and every day you wait you waste time – and you refuse your gift to this small but important segment of the seven billion people waiting for you to give it to them.
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