• Tara Humphrey

Entrepreneurship Weekly Insights - Insight 4: Done is better than perfect

Updated: Nov 7, 2018

Whilst we all strive to deliver excellence, the quest for perfection is often a losing battle, as improvements can always be made.

Waiting for something to be perfect before you release it into the world will result in immense frustration, doubt, fear, delayed deadlines and a project which started out as fun and exciting turning into something that you wish had never started.

One of Sheryl Sandberg’s (The Chief Operating Officer at Facebook, Best Selling Author and TED Talk extraordinaire) mantras is Done is better than perfect.

Agonising over the font, colour scheme, trying to organise a meeting which all 15 people can make, trying to incorporate the vast amount of conflicting advice in your end of year report, etc. gives us the excuse to procrastinate out of fear of external criticism and internal fear.

Remember the first mobile phone, was it perfect? NO. Remember the 1st personal computer? I’m a little too young to be honest, but I've seen pictures. It may have been good for its time, but it was clearly a work in progress… Iteration is the name of the game!

If the mantra Done is better than perfect can be adopted by a Fortune 500 company, it can be good enough for us.