"Perfect is the enemy of good enough"

In all aspects of my life, I try to set the highest of standards for what passes as "good enough." In fact, it's a bit of a running joke with my family that nothing is ever good enough for me. That may be something I need to work on for the sake of others and for the sake of my own sanity too.

Often I find that it is the little details at the end of a project, that last 5% of a project, that I obsess over to an unhealthy degree. In doing so I will end up not posting, not creating, not sharing, any number of projects, photos, videos, etc... that I may be working on. Indeed my pursuit of what I think is "perfection" is the enemy of good enough. It chokes the life out of too many of my projects. I just seem to be afraid to create something and share something with the world that falls short of wherever I place that 100% goal line. 

My counter-attack against this mindset for the past five or so years has been to constantly remind myself that iteration and refinement are good and beautiful things. Flying in the face of expectations, behaving in a more daring fashion (in my own mind at least), and pressing forward relentlessly have been the greatest catalyst for the success I've had for the past few years. Sometimes settling for 90% of perfection is the perfect amount of perfection because 90% of something is always better than 100% of NOTHING. In that case, 90% of perfection is just right.  

I'm finding that I love my 90%, but I'll be darned if I sneakingly don't find ways to try to get to 92% or 95% because the pursuit of perfection in the abstract might be something I just have to live with for the rest of my life and if that's my greatest flaw, I count myself blessed.

Is perfect the enemy of good enough? Absolutely.

Sidenote: Did you know that when I'm not taking photos, I am creating videos on how to create and retouch photos? Check out my YouTube channel right here (tutvid).