Greg Brown (Motorola Solutions Chairman) spoke last month at the Rutgers University graduation. He warned about avoiding the affliction and the danger of perfectionism:
Whatever you strive for, dont dwell on constructing the perfect plan or search for the flawless solution, because perfect can be the enemy of progress. Have the confidence to forge ahead with a good enough plan, with imperfect knowledge. Then continually adjust, adapt, and learn. (Commencements: CEO Wisdom, 2012 Edition. Bloomberg Businessweek, 5/28/126/3/12, p. 24)
Speaking as a recovering perfectionist, I absolutely agree with Browns advice. The idealist unrealistically expects perfection; the pragmatist realistically accepts the next best thing. Executing an 85% plan that brings progress is better than pursuing an unattainable 100% plan.
Getting something in motion is usually better than having nothing in motion. We can always adjust on the fly; we cant adjust something that isnt there.
Well, now that Ive got this post perfect, I am publishing it.Oops!
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