Letting go of the need for perfect

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A quick post to talk about what I’ve been working on, what I’m going to be working on, and perfectionism.

I mentioned in my previous post about ADD that I wanted to work on a video about ADD and Woodworking. I said “Assuming I don’t get too distracted by something else, of course.” Guess what? I did get distracted by something else - something that I really didn’t need to spend time on. But I did it anyway. *sigh*, the story of my life.

Check out this link to see the documentation for the project I created that distracted me. The documentation probably won’t mean anything to you, but just scroll down to see how much effort I put into the documentation, which should give you some idea of how much work went into the project. http://bit.ly/2lTMXF7 And I doubt more than 100 people will use it, in the next 5 years.

Yep, I’m incapable of doing anything half-assed. Although with this upcoming video on ADD and Woodworking, I’m going to strive for “good enough” instead of trying for “perfect”, which can’t really be achieved anyway.

If you have the highest goals in the world, you’ll always fall short.”

-Timothy Judge, professor of management at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business

“How can I be a perfectionist? I can’t do anything perfectly?” -me

And to prove my point, how many of you noticed the spelling error in one of the above images? Probably all of you, because I think the font I used made you have to focus on reading it carefully, thus defeating the purpose of the image in the first place. But you know what? Too bad. I’m leaving it that way. Good for me.

Of course, I just had to comment that I know it wasn’t perfect, didn’t I? And I probably spent more time on this explanation than it would have taken to fix it.

Wish me luck. I’m going to ned it.

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