I admit it. I was this way too. A bona fide perfectionist. I would dot every “i” and cross every “t”. I would labor over everything to the largest detail. Make sure everything was in place and then I would submit it.
Then, I would go back through it and maybe notice errors or mistakes and think I should have read it over one good time.
Now, I have changed my entire mindset. I make so many mistakes, it’s hard to keep up with them. I want my reputation to be as a person who gets things done. Yes, there are things that require the attention to detail, but so often I find that people let the perfect get in the way of the possible.
I had a grant application to submit and no time really to review it, but the team I was working on did. They are able to make sure the “i’s” were dotted and the “t’s” were crossed.
An entrepreneur is able to capitalize upon opportunities. Sometimes if you blink twice, it’s gone. One of my classmates was stressing about an application, saying he was going to wait. Said he didn’t want to put something in that was “half-assed”. I respect that, but why wait, right now he has an opportunity to get a recommendation from his employer which is a big name as well as someone that works for the company he is applying. Why wait?
I’m trying to develop the skill of “pulling the trigger” if I have a gut feeling. Sometimes, I even pull it before I’m ready, so why wait?
This website I was trying to create. Demanding to make sure everything was in place, I was told that I need to just get something up and then we can make the adjustments from there.
I’m still fighting the perfect versus the possible, but I try to remember one thing. No matter how flawed (obviously this is not what I am shooting for) or mistakes, if I’m able to do something…
Just Do It.