Outthinking Obstacles Ep 07: Perfectionism

Perfect is not fun to watch. If you’re willing to be a little messy and just go for it, that’s when you can bring your ideas to life.


Takeaways:


  • Fudge it, ship it.

    You just got to go. Say yes to that talk. Say yes to that podcast interview. Say yes to that TEDx Talk!

  • It’s just another repetition

    Think of it that way: telling your story is just another rep you’re getting in. Getting that keynote, it’s another rep.

  • Being messy is fun

    You might fail. It might be a disaster, but some of the best stories come when people are willing to be messy.

Perfectionism can hurt you if you focus on it too much. Kymberlee

Have you ever had that feeling of perfectionism? It has to be perfect or you can’t do that thing. It has to be perfect or you’re not going to get on that stage. It has to be perfect or you’re not going to tell that story. I know I have.

Perfectionism is a huge obstacle. It’s one of my favorites because it’s so consuming as a person to experience this perfectionism. I have a software company and perfectionism kept us from releasing our software because we thought, “Okay, okay, we have to put more features in before we release it to the public,” or, “We have to fix every single bug that is in this software before we release it to the public,” or, “We have to do this or this or this because it’s not perfect.”

There’s this sticker someone sent me, which is my all-time favorite sticker, I still have this sticker today, and I’ll modify it a little bit for the general audience, but it was something like this; it says, “fudge it, ship it,” which means basically, hey, you've just got to go. Just get it out. Ship that software. Get that software out.

I feel like for speakers it’s the same thing. We’ve got to go. We have got to just go. You’ve got to get a rep in. Think of it that way. Telling your story is just another rep you’re getting in. Getting that keynote, it’s another rep. You can always give a better keynote and a better keynote and a better keynote, though you’ve got to get the reps in to build to that ideal that you want to be.

Perfectionism can hurt you if you focus on it too much. For me, I focused on it so much in my life that last year I named my entire year, “The Year of Messy,” because I had to get out of this mindset that was keeping me from moving forward on my goals and my dreams. Because it just wasn’t perfect yet, I couldn’t get it out there. So by naming my year The Year of Messy it gave me permission to mess it up once in a while. Hey you know, I’m going to try. I might fail, I’m going to try. It might be a disaster, I’m going to try. But guess what? Some of the best stories come when people are willing to be messy.

If you think about some of the stories that you remember and that you repeat or you retell often times the hero in that story was a little messy, not perfect. Perfect is not fun to watch actually. Perfect is … There’s not depth there. If you’re willing to be a little messy and just go, just do it, that’s when you can really bring your ideas to life and it’s more fun.

Messy - I have to say after a year of doing this - it’s a lot more fun than perfection. 

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