I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple Inc.
I’m a bit of a perfectionist, and it’s a fatal flaw. Not fatal as in death, of course, but as in the failure to finish creative projects and breathe life into them.
As a web developer, I’m responsible for thinking critically and using my creativity to design layouts and build websites. This often proves to be difficult for a perfectionist because it could cause one to take longer to complete a project than is necessary.
I came across this Steve Jobs quote one day and I felt like he was speaking right to me, because it addressed one of my biggest problems when performing a creative task.
In essence, Jobs is telling us to get the task done, make it as good as possible so that it achieves the objectives, but don’t concern yourself with making it perfect, because it never will be.
Instead of spinning our tires in the mud trying to reach perfection on a project, finish it, move forward, and work on the next task. Something better will then come along.