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Stop polishing and ship instead: Shinier is not better…

Posted on: July 3, 2013

Stop polishing and ship instead: Shinier is not better…

Seth Godin posted this June 11, 2013 “Polishing perfect

Perfect doesn’t mean flawless. Perfect means it does exactly what I need it to do.

A vacation can be perfect even if the nuts on the plane weren’t warmed before serving.

Any project that’s held up in revisions and meetings and general fear-based polishing is the victim of a crime:  you’re most probably stealing that perfect work from a customer who will benefit from it. You’re holding back the good stuff from the people who need it, afraid of what the people who don’t need it will say.

Stop polishing and ship instead. Polished perfect isn’t better than perfect, it’s merely shinier. And late.

Worst one ever

Forty years ago today was my first bout of speaking in front of an audience. (And as I remember it, I approached it as a fight, not an opportunity.) I was distracted, nervous and not particularly well received.

It was an epic fail. Friends and relatives agreed that I wasn’t engaged or engaging, certainly a performance not to be repeated.

I ignored the part about not repeating it, but I definitely learned some valuable lessons about confidence and engagement.

Just about anything worth doing is worth doing better. At least at first there will be failure. That’s not a problem (in the long run), it’s merely a step along the way.

If you’re not willing to get your ‘worst one ever’ out of the way, how will you possibly do better than that?

You may read https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/power-of-first-time-i-did-this-first-time-i-experienced-that-and-stop-whinning/

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