2. Most of Those Who Do Get Started Will Flail Around Uselessly, Refining and Perfecting, and Never Shipping Until They Finally Give Up
“Don’t wait for the right answer and the golden path to present themselves. This is precisely why you’re stuck. Starting without seeing the end is difficult, so we often wait until we see the end, scanning relentlessly for the right way, the best way and the perfect way. The way to get unstuck is to start down the wrong path, right now. Step by step, page by page, interaction by interaction. As you start moving, you can’t help but improve, can’t help but incrementally find yourself getting back toward your north star. You might not end up with perfect, but it’s significantly more valuable than being stuck. Don’t just start. Continue. Ship. Repeat.” -Seth Godin
Perfection is the enemy of production. It’s an excuse to stay in your dreams where everything is perfect, with no effort, no sweat, no pain, no frustration, no setbacks, no stress, no disappointments, no risk, no possibility of failure. That’s a cozy place to be, but it’s not real, and it doesn’t feed your soul. Perfect is the most ingenious defense mechanism of a human mind afraid to get out there and make mistakes, bump up against the real world, push against resistance, get cut, get scraped, get hot, get sweaty, get tired, maybe get embarrassed. You have to fail your way to success. It’s the only way. Nothing truly great is achieved without trying things you are not good at yet, much less perfect. Perfect lets you stall and keeps you from ever doing anything important. The world doesn’t want perfect from you. The world needs you to do something important.