Thanks for the comment, Reginald, and I understand where you’re coming from. I think it also conflates a few things.
Re: good enough, that references another post wherein I define “good enough” to be “the point at which you’ve pushed past okay and you know the creation is not quite there, but either you have no idea how to get it there or you’re not sure which path you should take to get it there.” I wonder whether by “just good enough” in your use, you actually mean the “Okay” point.
With that in hand, I can be proud of something I know is good enough (my use) because good enough doesn’t mean it’s mediocre or half-assed, but that I’ve done the work to express what parts I can while acknowledging that it’s not the best it may be once I get it out there or share it with someone who can help me get to that last 10%.
Also, I truly believe that this is the problem with most of the content on the internet. There are so many unofficial, unlearned experts of nothing, flooding the lines of communication with garbage.
Pride and quality don’t necessarily go together. I’m sure many of the people you’re referencing are proud of what they’re producing, even if you think it’s garbage OR if it’s garbage by pretty much any standard.
It seems that this would only make it more difficult to parse out those things worth paying attention to.
A new skill in this age where everyone has a megaphone is discerning who to pay attention to and who not to. And sometimes the people we need to pay attention to aren’t the most polished, refined communicators, but people with a powerful but rough insight. There’s too much noise and not enough signal AND what’s signal to me may be noise to you. (For instance, 99% of YouTuber stars produce nothing but noise (to me), but millions of other people love it.)
One last thing to consider: at a certain point, many folks lose their ability to adequately judge the value of their work, so pride in one’s work becomes a tricky criteria because we so often can only see the flaws and missing pieces in our work. So embracing “good enough” (my use) becomes a necessary skill if one wants to continually ship new ideas, books, and so on. (Ask some authors whether they thought their book was “done” or were really proud of it when they submitted the manuscript.)