Perfectionism ruined me for very long time. It stopped me from achieving what I wanted to do, which was start a business. But the perfectionism got to me and for a very long time, I didn’t launch anything.
I would sit in class and keep redrafting the same business plan over and over again, trying to get a plan that was perfect and would be the right business for me, however, I never got around to starting it. It was terrible. Now I look back at those times and all I can think about is how slow I really moved. I didn’t start anything for months, now that’s slow.
One of the best lessons that I’ve learned in my recent past is that perfectionism is terrible for when you want to get started. If you are trying to be perfect, you will never get started. No entrepreneur has ever launched a perfect first business. Even Bill Gates had his first company go under. You will never launch a perfect business, so just get started.
The best thing to do is to adapt to what is going on and the context that you are in. Once you have launched your business, you will want to listen to what your market and audience is saying about you and your competitors and see how you can adapt your business and lead the competition.
But none of that will happen if you’re being a perfectionist. It simply won’t. Don’t fall into the same trap that I fell into and take the lesson from here.
Gary Vaynerchuk talks about this as well. He calls it “micro-speed, macro-patience”. On the day-to-day operations, you’re fast and you’re moving quick, but on the larger scale, you are patient. Tai Lopez talks about it too. He says it in a very similar way: “Make haste slowly.” You want to move quick everyday, but be patient on the larger scale.
So if you are a perfectionist just like how I was, then you need to get this through your head, just like I had to: speed over perfection. Speed will win. You want to be out there grabbing market share and adapting your business along the way. The more you wait, the more market share you are leaving on the table. There are so many people out there willing to do business, but if you never get started, those customers are going to someone else, so get started!