Our impact bias wants us to think that we’re really going to screw things up if it’s not done perfectly, that our lives will be heavily impacted by one project’s failure. This is the point where so many stop to think that if it won’t be perfect, it’s not worth doing.
We overestimate the downsides and constantly give it power to shift our minds into thinking “It won’t be the right time for it”, “There’s a big chance it might not work”, and “Nobody would want to see it”.
The reality is that we don’t know what might work yet, and we feel insecure when failure hangs around us. There’s no better way around this other than going out of your way to prove yourself wrong and ignore the resistance.
So you’ve made a piece of work and it’s ready to be shown to the world. Because you put so much hard work into it, you want it to be fully appreciated by the people you made it for. Not only do we have to share what we’ve made, but we also have to accompany it with its counterpart: presentation.
Making work but not giving it a proper presentation is like baking a birthday cake for your mom but not singing happy birthday.
It’s like cooking a 5 star meal for your family but not plating it up for them.
It’s like doing your laundry but not hanging up the clothes afterwards.
There needs to be an element presentation because that is what completes the other half of your audience’s experience.
Your work requires it, and not giving it to the proper presentation would be doing yourself and your work a disservice.
We’re all capable of making mistakes. That behaviour is not reserved for the interns, the less educated, or your younger-than-average boss. Mistakes are for everybody, and they will be there for you especially when you don’t want them to be.
We tell white lies, we say one thing and then do another, and sometimes we take shortcuts that are not beneficial for the long run. We hack growth, we borrow the answers from somebody else, and we plan in a cheat day every now and then. One beautiful part of all of it is that we can forgive.
This is the human advantage.
The advantage shows up when we forgive ourselves for doing the things that might have been a mistake. It’s being capable of understanding that perfection is a process of trial and error, and knowing that your friends, family, and boss also has the human advantage.
The next time you’ve made a blunder of any sort, put your human advantage to use and be sincere about it.