Don’t Let Perfection Ruin Your Art

“The perfect is the enemy of the good.” Damn right it is.

Joe Garza
The Reckless Muse
Published in
3 min readApr 8, 2024


Perfection presents itself as virtuous, a thing that us artists must always strive and suffer for.

We constantly hunt for the “perfect” note, the “perfect” color, the “perfect” camera angle, whatever.

But this search for Perfection during the creative process is a fool’s errand — real perfection is best achieved when it’s not a goal in and of itself, when it comes about in our quest for authenticity, originality, meaning, truth.

Real perfection is, more often than not, an accident that happens in our dredging of the human condition’s murky waters.

Chasing Perfection will only distract you from completing a piece — spending too much time ensuring every single element is “perfect” before moving on leads to frustration, burnout, and unfinished work.

What you’re working on has the potential to be a masterpiece, but Perfection’s call was too loud, too alluring for you to give it the final breath of life.

I can’t blame creators for letting themselves get hung up on a single part of their work — I’ve done that way too often myself.

It’s not coming together exactly the way you want; you want it to look, sound, feel like…