June 30, 2013

I wrote yesterday’s post once, and I didn’t like it, so I left it in my drafts folder. I tried again the following day, and it was better, so I published it. If I had waited until today and tried again, it may have been even better.

Only probably not. Eventually, you have to ship the product, or it all means nothing.

Perfection is a dangerous illusion, and one which you shouldn’t indulge in. Do good work, certainly. Do great work, preferably. But when you hold up releasing your work in search of illusive perfection, you’re doing everyone a disservice. While you’re trying to make it a measly 1% better, the people who could have been enjoying it have nothing.

Take pride in your work and do a good job, just remember that until you release it, it means nothing. It’s all words and hope and potential, and more often than not potential leads to disappointment. So go. Finish, and then publish.

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By Stephen W. Gee

Author of Wage Slave Rebellion, Freelance Heroics, and about two good blog posts out of a hundred.


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    Perfection is a dangerous illusion…

    Stilts, if you’re interested in a slightly different perspective on the word
    “perfect”, look at the Bible. In the New Testament it’s used in a much
    different way (II Timothy 3:16) and its Greek contemporary is used in
    reference to a ship readied for sea. That is, all of the sails, ropes,
    rigging, supplies, and purpose are established and known before it sets
    sail; it is complete. It didn’t mean that the ropes (etc.) were without
    flaws, but that they could bear the weight to meet their task.
    I don’t know when its usage turned to flawlessness (probably later
    “Christian Leaders” as a tool to control people – you’re not perfect hence
    you’re flawed), but here we are at a meaning that is so far from it’s
    classical intent. It turns my stomach when the word is used to indicate
    flawless as opposed to complete. I could go on for hours on this
    subject, but suffice to say I’m in agreement with you (or what I hope is
    the extension of your thought above) – perfection is unachievable, it is
    the release (publishing) of a work which finalizes itself, hence makes it perfect.

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      Yup, that’s more the kind of perfection I prefer – complete, not flawless. Mind you, I don’t hate the idea of modern perfection sometime…in the pursuit of it we come much closer to it than we would otherwise. It’s only when we forget that “complete” or “finished” are the end points, not “flawless”, that well fall into dangerous waters.

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