Your Product Doesn’t Have to be Perfect

Lessons learned while trying to take over the world

Yesterday I shared my first EVER blog post. I decided to share some of the things I’ve learned while trying to break into the world of entrepreneurship. BTW…why the f@&k is that such a difficult work to spell?? Anyway…I have some slight OCD/perfectionist tendencies. Whether it’s writing an email for work, putting together a presentation, or really anything that will be seen by the public, I will spend way too much time making edits. In an effort to change this behavior, I submitted yesterday’s post with minimal review. I’ll be honest, I looked over it a couple times, but spent significantly less time than usual. As soon as I hit that green publish button in the top right corner of the screen, I immediately felt a rush of panic. What if spelled something wrong? What if I wasn’t making any sense? What if no one gets what I’m trying to say? What surprised me was that immediately following the panic was a sense of relief. It was out in the world and I no longer has to stress about whether or not is was perfect. I also felt a sense of accomplishment for changing my behavior for the better. Life is all about small wins and I’m definitely celebrating this one!

This goal of perfection is what causes a lot of startups to fail or run out of money. The whole idea behind the lean startup methodology is to “ship early and ship often”. The idea is that if you’re able to ship out a product, even it’s not perfect, you will learn from your users. You can then iterate based on feedback, ship again, learn, iterate, ship, and so on.

From this moment on, I’m applying this methodology to articles I write, as well as testing my business ideas. I encourage you to do the same.

Do you have examples of where you shipped early and got some valuable feedback? How did you iterate? I would love to hear some real world examples.