This post comes from a lesson that I’d learned back when I was getting my arse handed to me at a bboy (breakdance) battle.
Honestly though. Too often we fail to take action because we just need to ‘get it right’.
I can’t submit this paper because it’s not good enough.
I’m not enough of an expert to be of any help to others.
My art isn’t worth sharing.
Far too much effort goes into making things just right before we decide it’s good enough for others to enjoy. If you have something that adds value to your life, it’s likely that it can add value to someone else as well. We tend to (read: I tend to) feel like something that has worked for me can’t work for anyone else because it isn’t good enough for them.
This is another way of saying that I’m not good enough to help others, that they are in one way or another better than I am. That they’re further along in life compared to me and therefore will think whatever I’m doing is dumb, or at least not useful.
Of course, this is all a load of crap. We’re all just people. From the CEO flying around the country to your local coffee barista, we all have experiences that have helped us along that could benefit others simply by sharing.
No one is any better, or worse, than another. We can and should only strive to be the best version of ourselves. That’s enough. More than enough, even.
There’s no good that can come from striving to attain this unattainable notion of perfection. The grass will always be greener just a little bit ahead. And it will always be that; just a little bit ahead, but never where you are.
This isn’t to say though that we shouldn’t try to improve our craft, ourselves or our work. Personally I’m all for continuous self-improvement. But rather than strive to be like others, I’m trying to be the best version of me that I can be. We make mistakes, we learn, and we move forward.
A friend once told me, “Perfection isn’t when you don’t need an eraser. Perfection is simply realizing when to use one.”
So you do you. Both you, and those around you, will be all the better for it.