Perfectionism vs Shipping

Let’s face it, 90% of the things you create are not good. As a matter of fact, some of these things are really bad. Should that make you stop creating? Of course not! It should inspire you to create more until you find that 10%.

Professionals are aware of that. They create and they ship their work knowing that it might not be as good as they think it is.

Amateurs seek for perfection and they never ship because their work is never perfect.

Picasso created more than 20,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, and various other things. Have we seen it all? Of course, not. We only remember his best work because that’s something that didn’t sink to the bottom together with the all other garbage. 

John Green once said that he keeps only 10% of his first draft and then continues from there. Other writers make their outlines and trash in the outlines.

Seth Godin, whose blog has more than 7000 posts says that at least 50% of his content is below average but he wouldn’t know which articles are bad and which are good if he hadn’t written them.

Casey Neistat creates videos every day, no matter what. Are all his videos good? Probably not. Does that make him a bad filmmaker? Of course not!

Therefore, stop making excuses, stop seeking perfection. Create and ship. Enjoy the process. Learn from it. Fall in love with the unlimited game and one day you’ll find your 10%.