A short but important creative pledge that says the deal with perfection is done, and we’re over taking any form of self-criticism as a valid reason to break momentum:
Perfect is a lie, which is why we won’t listen to its calls for attention.
Instead we’ll look for answers to who it’s for, and create for them.
The voice in our heads will always be there telling us that it’s not good enough, not cool enough, or not up to par with the others.
It’s our job as creatives to tame that dishonest voice, because when we listen to the voice is entirely in our control.
This is about breaking up with perfection, and making a jump to another side where practice is the goal instead.
Here’s to making progress our north star.
How do we know the decision we’re about to make is the right one?
Should I forgo every design opportunity that comes my way so that I could help my parents at their restaurant in Scarborough?
Would it be better to post weekly instead of daily?
Should I spend my time off by doing more personal work or should I hang out with friends?
Early morning meetings or late night meetings?
We’re plagued with endless decisions to make, and it’s hard to say which one would be the right one.
It’s possible to seek more clarity though.
What is it that you’ll be doing?Why will it be important to you?
When we can answer these two questions and be okay with the outcome, rightness or wrongness can be replaced with urgency and importance.
What does good enough mean? Who exactly are we trying to please? Where do our efforts matter most?
Throughout his career, Pablo Picasso produced around 50,000 pieces of work throughout his 92 year lifetime. That’s enough for 543.5 pieces of work per year.
Yet sometimes we hold back from doing 1, because self-doubt says it’s not good enough.
If we’re trying to get to good, maybe it’s worth trying to bypass “not good enough” by finishing it anyways.