Perfect Isn’t Part of the Plan
You guys know I hate dumb advice. I probably can’t stand anything more than when people speak on things they don’t have any knowledge of.
And yet it happens every day when people sell you the perfect body, the perfect desk, the perfect writing conditions, etc.
Ten months ago, I didn’t know anything about raising a puppy. So while I talked about always wanting a dog, and what I hoped owning a dog would be like, I had no clue. I bought some books, read some reviews, tried to prep the house, and guess what… It’s still the exact opposite of what you expect. (For anyone who is curious, it’s a lot of work, but it’s also really awesome.)
I guess the reason for today’s post is that I try my hardest to instill in you; my friends and family of Creativity Enforcers, the skills you need to share your passion with the world and defy the odds. But you’re not going to read this blog post, or anyone else’s who is more Internet-famous than me and go enact it.
Let’s face it: You’re not going to “pick yourself.”
I want you to, I really do. So does the rest of the human race. But most people are too damn worried about how to do it right, or perfect, instead of how to do it at all.
Before most people take on a new project, business venture or anything relatively unknown, they consult friends, family, loved ones, dogs or cats, and finally mull over it some more. Even though we’re humans and our instincts have enabled us to do some of the most amazing shit the world has ever known, we don’t trust THOSE SAME VERY INSTINCTS.
Now I’m not talking about the fear that tells you to run when things get tough. I’m talking about our real primal instinct to survive and succeed.
Perfection is not a part of that.
Getting shit done is ugly, mean, and wild.
We’ve been indoctrinated to abandon getting shit done. The feelings that we’re told will get us ahead in life, are the very feelings Corporate America and the Industrialists want you to leave at home every day.
How does that even work?
And that’s not the only urge they want you to forget.
Folks want you to deny the urge to travel, to not pursue adventure, to forget that to grow and elevate ourselves to a higher state of being, we have to challenge ourselves and challenge our wills.
You have to create a spark to start a fire.
Take a real moment to ask yourself: Is there anyone you admire? Do unadulterated fan-girl waves of emotion crash over you when you think about someone? Do you shudder when you think of all they have accomplished? When you introduce people to this person, do you immediately follow it with: “I want to be like that when I grow up”?
I’m talking, real folks that are so good at what the hell they’re doing, it makes you physically ill.
They didn’t get there by being perfect.
They got there by wanting to be.
Perfection isn’t real. No one remembers the person who got a perfect score on their SATs and went on to be a secretary. No offense to secretaries, as I’m sure the person in this fictional example became a damn good secretary, nonetheless.
I guess what I’m trying to say is to stop focusing on things that don’t matter. Stop concentrating, and waiting until you have the perfect idea, the perfect job, and the perfect life. That’s not real.
What’s real is what you make every day. Are you making something better?
Have you even made something good?
When the last time you made something that isn’t perfect, and you were proud of it? Give me some examples of how the idea of ‘perfect’ holds you back in the comment box. I’ll chime in.