I’m a perfectionist. As I’m writing this post, I’m deleting, revising, re-reading and re-writing after every 5 seconds. I have developed such a habit because I like to put the best effort in everything I do. I respect the craft of writing and I try to be better at it everytime I write.
As I started my first endeavor as a lifestyle entrepreneur, I learned soon enough that being a perfectionist every time is not a good idea. I learned Pareto’s 80/20 principle and stopped wasting time on the details which were not important. I gave myself deadlines and participated in challenges to get out of perfectionist mindset.
Few months after I started my entrepreneur journey, I took a break and went to Edinburgh for a trip. I entered a cathedral and got fascinated by this piece of craft:
It must have taken so much perfectionism to come up with such a beautiful masterpiece. Being a perfectionist isn’t bad after all. Great artists focus on the smallest details that a normal person might never even notice.
Entrepreneurship requires the opposite skill. It requires throwing away the details to reach the milestones on time. So, I started wondering what the balance between the two might look like.
The answer is simple. All the artists who work for hours, weeks, months or even years working on a piece, go through thousands of bad pieces that no one ever sees. They practice their craft in silence without being a perfectionist.
The masters of their crafts hate their first pieces because they have a great taste but their skills don’t allow them to reach the high standard they want to reach. But they learn to persist and be okay with the gap between their skills and their taste. To fill this gap, they keep on practicing without judging their initial pieces.
In a similar way, when it comes to entrepreneurship, getting started and making mistakes is the practice that is required to fill the gap between our current skills and the results we want.
When given a golden opportunity, we can then strive to be a perfectionist and focus on smallest details to give our 100%. For example, spending days to write an article for a huge publication and preparing obsessively for pitching or giving a talk at a big event.
All the other activities are just part of the process where we can let go our perfectionism and focus on getting things done.
Each time you’ll practice your craft you’ll take one step closer to fill the gap between your standards and your skills.
So here’s the takeaway:
- Keep your standards high.
- Practice without perfection to fill the gap between your standards and your skills.
- Be a perfectionist when it matters the most.
Success is a result of daily actions…