My theme for September is:
As you can see, my site hasn’t been updated with a post in a few months. A few days ago, I finished reading a book that might explain why I have a hard time posting on a regular basis.
The book was written by Robert Glover.
It’s called “No More Mr. Nice Guy”. I’ve seen it recommended over and over again in different places and have been aware of it for at least a few years. Last week, I finally got around to reading it. And the last 40 or so pages really spoke to me.
The last 40 pages talked a lot about the paralysis of perfectionism, with the author sharing his own story.
He talks about how the book he was writing (this book) took him 6 years to finish. Not because he is a slow writer. And not because he didn’t want to finish the book.
No, it took Dr. Glover so long to finish the book because he felt like the book needed to be absolutely perfect before he released it into the world. It needed to have:
- A beautifully-designed cover.
- The most entertaining anecdotes.
- World-class writing and editing
But really, to serve Dr. Glover’s purpose, the book really just needed to be finished as it was, and released into the wild.
To get into the hands of the people who needed it most.
And not in another 6 years.
I can relate to Dr. Glover’s story.
Because I, too, have had a pretty bad case of paralysis by perfectionism.
A fear of stepping out. Putting my neck out on the chopping block.
For most of the past 5 years, I have let perfectionism have a massive effect on my life.
I have built up a few skills to a high level.
I have whole notebooks full of notes.
Notecards with lists of posts and book titles.
But none of them have been released into the wild.
Paralysis of perfectionism. Paralyzed by the need to be perfect.
But no more. I have been studying and working on some really valuable skills and ideas and it’s time to turn them loose.
So where to start? Right here. This post.
It’s not perfect. I look at the word count at the bottom of my window and it’s about 500 words shorter than I wanted.
There are probably a few mistakes and editing errors. And it isn’t really going to finish like I wanted.
And, not that I support sloppy work, but all the work I haven’t shipped over the last few years hasn’t been perfect either. But nobody knows about that.
Because it never shipped.
So, here’s an imperfect post to get me started on my month of “Less Perfect”.
More to come…