You made something and it doesn't live up to your standards. I know the feeling.
What is the last thing you want to do when you write, draw, or record something that isn't perfect? Share it with the world.
You don't want anyone to see what you've made because it's imperfect.
Why share something imperfect? All you see are the flaws.
But there are two important things to remember:
- People can still enjoy something despite its imperfections. They’re not looking for the flaws like you are.
- Beauty is in the story of progression. When you create a body of work, you share a story of development.
You know what's better than making something perfect? Making something great and having people know exactly where it came from.
When you wait to share, you waste the story.
It's not perfection others connect with. It's your humanity.
When you commit to sharing imperfect work consistently, you will improve over time. You create a story of progress others can see. They'll feel special they saw you at the beginning. You can look back at where you came from.
You're showing the world improvement doesn't happen overnight.
Allow people to be a part of your journey. Don't wait until you've perfected your craft to share. Don't wait until you've "arrived" to go public.
I have good news and bad news:
The bad news is, you'll never be perfect.
The good news is, your future self will learn not to care.
Become your future self today.