#88 You don’t have to be perfect to be good.
It’s late. You can’t make up your mind because it just isn’t good enough; Whatever it is. Your project, your model, your drawing…
You almost can’t finish because your standards are so high it makes it hard to go in any direction. Who knows if your next move is the right step towards greatness?
You have endless amounts of inspiration surrounding you and you just want to be as great as the people you idolize, but you’re not there yet and it is killing you inside.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to be perfect to be good.
Everything in your entire life, from your family & friends to the education system you have gone through has taught you that failure is bad, and being perfect is good. But I have learned that the more failure you encounter, the more opportunity you have to get better. Obviously the physical act of failing is never good at face value, but your reaction to failure is what can really turn the tables and make failure a good thing.
Learn from your failures, and use them to help others not make the same mistakes. When I say “You don’t have to be perfect to be good”, I really mean let things get out of control sometimes. When working on a project, experiment with ideas and get out of your comfort zone. Go into the deep end, and let your edges ruffle.
Sometimes it is within the rebuilding of our projects, and the act of fixing errors that truly teaches us how to be good at something. If you are always trying to be perfect, you might fall short each time and live such a careful existence. Sometimes you have to eliminate your pre-conceived notions of what is “perfect” and just try to do something different. And don’t be afraid to do it either, because the further you go down an uncharted path means when you return you will be well traveled.
And any good designer is like a good explorer. Fearless, Motivated, Curious, and Well traveled.