ANNA PENG

Perfect and Good Enough

Who gets to decide whether or not your work is perfect? How do they know?

There’s no label telling us that “Anna has spent the past 3 hours editing and perfecting this sentence for you to read.”

And by the way, that’s 3 hours spent on the same piece of writing that doesn’t bring up any new points.

There is no certification for having the most perfect work.

There’s no way you can make it perfect. There’s no room for that type of work here. There’s no room for perfection if it doesn’t benefit anybody else except yourself. 

Perfect is a lie. It’s a scam. Perfect is going to rob you of your time when it matters the most.

The alternative is to experiment, to know that it might not work. 

I can’t be so sure to know that you’ll be able to resonate with this blog post, but I’m taking the chance to see if you will anyway. If it doesn’t, there will be another chance tomorrow.

It’s okay if it’s not perfect. Nobody asked you to make it so. Instead we can opt for combining all the raw ingredients that will make it good enough, figuring out the finishing touches as you deliver good enough again and again.


To My Mild Child

I didn’t know it, but shyness from a young age was my strongest front because it allowed me to practice listening to what others needed.

I was constantly in my own head that when it was my turn to speak, it felt as if people would give me extra time to say something because it was an uncommon event.

Being the stereotypically quiet, shy, or introverted kid is a strength that many creatives share in common. We tend to be louder with our work than with our voices. 

And so, to my shy friends, there’s a family who waits for your voice on the other side.

You don’t have to be the loudest one in the room, as long as you know where and when your voice will be valued. That is, with whom and in what contexts.


Only One Way to Learn Design

Reading or watching videos about design philosophy, graphic hierarchy, composition, or rendering software can only get you so far. Nothing beats the education you get from committing to the act of the design process. 

It doesn’t matter if you suck. We all start at that place. 

What matters more is letting the process and repetition do its magic.

The 56th time matters more than the 1st time.

Do design, do the work, and give it with the ones you made it for. 

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