Three reasons why I think perfection is crap


I think it is crap and I mean it.

Here are 3 reasons why.

In my thesaurus, Perfection is antonym to Progress

No one woke up one beautiful morning with the skills to produce something perfect on the first shot. No one ever. Stephen King started proposing his work for publication in 1961. Carrie, his first success was published in 1973. From 1961 to 1973, he wrote 15 novels/books and got 555 $ selling 3 of them (one was sold 500 $). It took 12 years for him to be able to propose something decent to publishers. He never stopped writing, perfecting his art despite rejection. He mastered horror, trying to be better with each story. He earned 400 000 $ with Carrie. The Shining is a masterpiece to me. Perfection in a book. It was published in 1977. 16 years after his first shot.

Progress leads to perfection, not the other way round. I had a friend who was telling me about her job search once. I asked her if she had an account on LinkedIn. She said no. She asked for the link to my (still incomplete) profile, and I gave it to her. She came back to me 2 minutes later with a “I can’t do this, my account will never have that much info, I don’t even know how to use the platform. I won’t create a profile.”

I nearly fainted. I tried to explain that I was on LinkedIn for years, I read 7,515 articles on How-to-have-the-best-LinkedIn-profile-ever when I was looking for a job and I applied what I learned. Her NO was final. Perfection right from the beginning or nothing. I know she will read this, that’s why I am telling her GO AND CREATE THAT PROFILE!

The first step does not have to be perfect. It has to be made. Punto.

In the same thesaurus, Perfection is synonym to Procrastination.

As a major procrastinator, that I know. I told you guys here that procrastinators have a funny way to work. We do loads of things, but nothing is as good as it could have been because we wait until last minute to do it. What I didn’t mention is when we do things early enough, they end up useless. Some procrastinators suffer from the latter only. They are called perfectionists.

“It is never good enough.” “Let’s change this.” “Let’s change that.” “It will be more appreciated when it will be perfect.” “I know I can do better.” “It is no big deal if I am late, perfection is all that matters.” What happens most of the time is either the perfectionist is late and what he did ends up useless, or he gives up because he thinks he can’t do better. In both case scenarios, nothing useful has been done.

Perfection means the end of everything.

If you think your work is perfect, it means you will never change it. Ever. It will stay just as it is until kingdom comes.

I don’t know anything about coding, but I am pretty sure Facebook and Twitter have the best coders on this planet. I am a huge fan of Twitter. I think it is perfect, but every week one or two things slightly change. Minor changes. The layout as a whole is not affected, but the platform is improved. Why? Because the coders are not satisfied with what we think is perfection. They are beyond perfection. They are working for the best, and the best is not perfect because the best is continuous improvement and improvement is change. Perfection is static.

Talking about social media, last time I checked, Hi5 which was perfect in 2007, did not change that much in 10 years. No one is using it anymore.

I choose progress, change and room for improvement over perfection.

Self-ish was not ready when we launched it 2 days ago. Tchassa Kamga and I planned so many things in terms of design, logos, sections and so many other things. We did not even have a Twitter account when we published the first texts. But it did not matter because we knew despite everything we could have done, it wouldn’t have been perfect. So we dived in, and here we are, sharing while working in the background to improve the platform.

Hello, my name is Befoune, and I talk about citizen participation and empowerment in my country, Cameroon, on the platform Elle Citoyenne. My dear friend Tchassa Kamga and I created the publication Self-Ish to share our experience in self improvement, content creation and what we call human relationships.