Quality over quantity.
We all know the saying and what it stands for: lots of things don’t make a good thing.
I feel as if we’ve been told this whole Quality over Quantity thing so that we do things “right” the first time. Which is nothing short of great, but there’s an element of perfection in it that stops us from making things that have a chance of not working.
Quantity however, is a numbers game. Set a quota and reach it (or better yet, go past it).
Being a designer, the urge to make things perfect and beautiful the first time is very strong. It also doesn’t help that the bar has been set so high for a new graduate like me.
The other route we can take is the practice, where instead of focusing on quality we focus on reiteration and the act of doing.
It’s a different type of game where the only rule is that you’ve got to be making something.
To me, it seems we have the whole quality and quantity thing backwards. It’s not one over the other, they’re just different.
Quantity gets a bad rap, but quantity is the practice.
Yesterday night coming home from work, I saw a skunk waddling on the side of the road right beside my home.
No tails were raised, I assumed it was just finding food or its way back home just how I was minutes earlier.
With my car parked, I got out and turned around to find that it had gone out on the other side of the road.
Within 15 seconds, I heard the sounds of a car driving not too far away from where we were. I knew its life would end right then and there before it did.
With no signs of slowing down, probably even unaware the animal was there since it was dark, I turned around so I wouldn’t see what would happen next.
Life comes and goes. Circumstances change. Unluckiness happens.
My heart goes out to the skunk tonight.
How did you learn to walk?
You probably don’t remember your first steps (how could you?). It’s just been too long since that milestone has passed for us.
But what’s certain is that no toddler walks perfectly the first time.
The first steps are rigid, awkward, and need a lot more work, but that doesn’t mean the baby stops walking.
The same goes for our work.
If the goal is to get better at something, we have to take the obligatory rigid, awkward, baby steps.