On not trying to be perfect at all

It took me quite a long time to learn not trying to do something perfectly. There is no perfect. There is always something to improve. Each attempt will end by not getting it finished. Good is always better than perfect because ‘perfect’ is nothing you will ever reach.


However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to do something as good as you possibly can. Always try to improve it — as long as there is any value in improving it.


I found this a really tough decision. What is good enough? What should I do really good and where is it enough to get it just done? If you always try to do everything as good as you can then you won’t do anything as good as you could. There is just a fix amount of time and energy you can spend. Spend it wisely.


As I mentioned, a long time ago I let go of trying to do things perfectly. This might even went into the opposite direction. Sometimes I could do a much better job but I am fine with getting it done. This journal is a great example. Most of the time, I don’t take the time to read the post again. I write it and I’m done. I just want to finish it. Get it out. Move on. Next thing. Reading it again and edit it would properly the better thing to do.


Should I? Maybe. Maybe I start doing it. Maybe not.


I mean, it’s finished. Done. You can read it — or not. I said what I wanted to say — even I didn’t intend to say anything. It shouldn’t be perfect but good to read. Some fewer mistakes wouldn’t be harmful.


A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.

— George S. Patton



Nothing we see or hear is perfect. But right there in the imperfection is perfect reality.

— Shunryu Suzuki