As an entrepreneur, you want everything to be just right before launching your business or product. But this pursuit of perfection can often lead to inaction, missed opportunities, and even failure.
Voltaire once said, "Perfect is the enemy of good." This quote perfectly captures the dilemma of the entrepreneurial mindset. The pursuit of perfection can lead to a never-ending cycle of revisions, tweaks, and adjustments, finding yourself stuck in a state of perpetual preparation, rather than action.
So, how can entrepreneurs break out of this cycle of perfectionism and start taking action? Here are some tips:
1. Set Micro-Goals :: One of the reasons why entrepreneurs get stuck in the pursuit of perfection is because they set unrealistic goals. Instead of striving for perfection, set realistic goals that are achievable within a reasonable timeframe. Ones that fit in your wheelhouse. This will help you focus on making progress, rather than striving for an unattainable ideal.
Add up all those micro goals and you will find the desired outcome is not far away.
2. Embrace Failure ::
Failure is an inevitable part of entrepreneurship. Instead of fearing failure, accept it. Use it as an opportunity to learn, grow, and improve. Remember, every failure brings you one step closer to success.
Once I was aware of the need for this action, I realized that true balance doesn’t come into play until I realized that the good, bad, ugly, and awesome are all part of the whole. Everyone of them are needed for forward movement to take place.
3. Take Action :: The most important thing you can do as an entrepreneur is to take action. Don't wait for everything to be perfect before launching your business or product.
When speaking with authors I’ve often heard them speak about writers block. The secret to writers is quite profound. Just 2 steps. 1. Take a break. Get away from the project for 30 minutes. 2. Then come back and begin to write, even if it’s not about the project you are working on. Just write. Take action.
Take the leap and progress will follow.. You can always make adjustments along the way.
4. Seek Feedback ::
Instead of striving for perfection on your own, seek feedback from others. This can help you identify areas for improvement and make necessary adjustments. Remember, feedback is not criticism, but rather an opportunity to learn and grow. Sometimes we just need another voice other than our own. We truly were not created to create alone.
The pursuit of perfection can be a hindrance to entrepreneurship.
Instead of striving for perfection, focus on making progress, embracing failure, taking action, and seeking feedback.
Embrace the good!