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“Perfect is the Enemy of Good,” But THIS is the Lord & Master of Both

Don’t be “perfect,” and don’t be “good.” Here’s the 3rd (better) way

Sarah Cy
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2 min readMar 27, 2024


As an aspiring brilliant writer, you’ve heard people say things like:

“Quantity over quality.” “Build it and they will come.”

As in: If you want to be noticed, just make a lot of stuff. If you manage to really make a LOT, you’ll get attention. Eventually. Maybe.

Except that’s not really true. Because you’ve also heard:

“If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.”

In this noisy world, where everybody and their pet orangutangs can now “create content” (thanks, ChatGPT!), you can’t just post “whatever,” and expect people to pay attention.

You need to STAND OUT. You have to be AMAZING, or, dare I say…perfect?

Which leads us to our next overused modern-day proverb:

“Perfect is the enemy of good”

This saying cuts two ways:

1. If you always settle for “good,” you’ll never get to “perfect”

But also:

2. If you’re always shooting for “perfect,” you’ll never get anything “good”



Sarah Cy

(aka The Scylighter). Writer, musician, reader, daughter. Join our Merry Band, become a Brilliant Writer, and dazzle your readers!