That line of thinking was destructive not only to myself and my team, but also to my manager. It’s exactly the kind of thing that contributes to our perfection-oriented culture, where people are afraid to admit weaknesses or failures, and we all pretend, like ducks, to glide gracefully on the surface of the water while paddling furiously underneath.
… have creative confidence, but nobody else thinks so because you don’t have strong self-awareness.) Take your craft seriously. Don’t just ask what’s the minimum I can do to finish the job? but what will push this to be better than anything I’ve done before? Hone your work until it gleams. Hold it against a rigorous lens. If you do not trust your own eye, ask for feedback from the most rigorous person you know.