One of my mantras in creating work is, “Perfection is the enemy of done.” It reminds me that the work I’m meant to create will never be in the world if I get hung up on it being perfect.
I’ve often used a concept from one of my writing coaches, Amna Ahmad, called “The Shitty First Draft.” The idea is that by giving yourself permission to suck, you’ll produce something. That something is certainly better than nothing and probably much better than you think it is while you’re creating it.
The concept of lowering your self-imposed bar applies to being ready to take the next step in your career, creating a product, launching the company, writing the dissertation, making the phone call that makes your knees shake.
This week, I learned a new take on this from Samantha Bennett of The Organized Artist Company. Spend four minutes with me to be enlightened.