February 11, 2016

Perfection is the Enemy of Progress

I have always considered myself a perfectionist. The 80/20 rule always seems to apply to me: 80% of a task can be achieved with 20% effort, but it requires 80% more effort to complete the final 20%. The devil is really in the details. Polishing, spell-checking, revising. That moment of panic where I wonder if maybe this idea was the wrong direction after all, and I’m calculating the effort to start over. It’s complete stage-fright. Cold feet. I find myself focusing on perfecting tiny details to avoid turning anything in.

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Having just completed my first project with Covalent Marketing, I was recently forced to confront this fear of imperfection. With a supportive team by my side, I was able to confidently deliver the product to the client. Yes, there was anxiety. Yes, the final weeks of the project felt like a roller-coaster as I went through round after round of feedback. And yes, I still have a lot to learn. But the process, and my peers, inspired me and I learned a lot in a very short time. I realize more than ever that projects and ideas are constantly developing, and that the goal isn’t perfection, its evolution.

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