Why It Is Important Not To Start Perfectly

Why aiming for perfection is a non-starter.

Why It Is Important Not To Start Perfectly

Has not it happened with us that we keep waiting for the perfect time to start something and eventually it never happens? How many times has it happened that you say to yourself, “I will start studying after a cup of tea”, and then “It is almost lunch time, let’s start afresh after lunch and then study till dinner.” And then, you feel drowsy so you postpone the studies to post-tea, only to realise at the end of the day that you never actually began studying.

Like in this case, the trick is to start now. If we keep waiting for the perfect time, we must accept that it is never going to happen. And most importantly, it is better to start imperfectly.

Pharmaceutical drugs take years to develop. But we would never be able to eliminate small pox if someone did not have the courage to start, imperfectly though, but arrive at the right cure for this plague. Space programmes take many years of trial and error. But we would never know of the rings of Saturn or the nature of Mars, if someone did not make failed attempts to begin building the Cassini or the Mangalyaan.

We would never have the world of Disney if Walt Disney had not begun, albeit imperfectly. His first animation company went banktrupt. He was fired by a news editor because he lacked imagination. He was turned down 302 times before he got financing for creating Disney World.

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It took many years of struggle and hardship, but Harry Potter did not happen overnight. J K Rowling began with failures, but is the richest author alive. It is important to start doing, rather than waiting to do something perfectly.

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Perfection is an illusory goal, like a mirage, it moves ahead when you reach a point. Waiting to start perfectly means waiting for ever.

The trick is to start immediately, make mistakes, but stay on persistently.