How do you deal with perfection? Many times I feel I can’t execute ideas until I know it 100%.

How do you deal with perfection? Many times I feel I can’t execute ideas until I know it 100%. –@socialhotchoco

Perfectionism only leads to eventual shame or regret. Nobody is perfect, and there’s always the chance of the unknown occurring in every work. And, when the perfectionist loses control of an event, project, business, etc. then what happens? Shame results. Embarrassment with colleagues, friends, bosses, investors, and family.

A very public example is Madoff. At some point he started his hedge fund and lost some money. He was a perfectionist. He couldn’t handle telling people that he lost money. Everyone thought he was an investment genius. The result: a massive Ponzi scheme as he attempted to cover up his imperfections and still be the “genius” everyone thought he was.

So my advice: if you have an idea for a project: Start it. Start it right now. Spec out the minimal features you need, hire a programmer (use Scriptlance), or find a customer, and just get started. Even if you are not 100% ready.

As an example: I have an idea for a novel. I don’t have the full plot outlined. I don’t even know if I will have the time to finish. But today I’m going to start it. I’ll write just 500 words for it. It doesn’t have to be perfect (that’s what rewriting is for), but we’ll see what happens.

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