“At its root, perfectionism isn’t really about a deep love of being meticulous. It’s about fear. Fear of making a mistake. Fear of disappointing others. Fear of failure. Fear of success.”
– Michael Law
I’ve been thinking about making videos for a long time.
You know the kind of videos where a person talks about a topic. while his beautifully edited footage plays in the background. Yeah, I want to create that type of videos.
The peeps at New Age Creators are one of my biggest inspirations.
Their videos are unbelievably amazing.
I want to create videos like them.
Beautiful. Thought-provoking. Perfect.
And that’s why I haven’t uploaded a single video to date.
Perfectionism is the new Abortion
This concept ties well with yesterday’s topic of being OK with sucking while trying something new.
How many projects are pilling up in the corner of your laptop just because it’s not “perfect” enough? How many works of art have you thrown away before it could even see the light of the day? How many people have passed you by who could have been your true love or a good friend, just because you were waiting for that perfect moment?
Perfectionism is a disease that will kill your dreams before it’s even born. It’s like taking your ideas, your goals, and your dreams for abortion.
I’m a perfectionist myself, and a neurotic one at that.
Being a perfectionist is ok to some extent. It pushes you to give your best and dive deep into anything you do.
The problem arises when you reach the “good enough” level of a project, but you don’t want to ship it until it’s 100% perfect.
Perfectionism is a myth
Because perfectionism is subjective. It’s meaning changes and evolves as you change and evolve. So in that sense, perfectionism can never be achieved.
People like to debate about Quality vs Quantity a lot.
Which should I focus on? Quality or Quantity?
But what they are really asking is this – “Do I need to be perfect all the time?”
Garyvee answered this question in his firey-punch line:
Quality is subjective. Speed isn’t.
So let this post be a reminder for you – Whatever project you have been working on, it’s time to fu*king ship.
For me, I want to make a video. So I’m committing to you guys that I’ll make one shot 3-5 minute video on a topic and share it on Youtube this coming Sunday. (Have you subscribed to my channel? If not, now is the perfect time to do so.)
This is super exciting. Can’t wait.