Is pursuit of perfection ruining your momentum?

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in News
Is pursuit of perfection ruining your momentum?

In print design, a job doesn’t go to print until it’s as close to perfection as possible. In web design, it’s acceptable—almost the norm—to launch then tweak. If something doesn’t perform as expected, you can change it.

It’s one of the hardest things for me to wrap my head around when I do web work since I come from the world of print.

Ready or not!

So today, I’m flinging open the curtains and going live with my next website update while I’m still working out the remaining kinks.

You know what? It feels pretty liberating!

I’m really curious though. How many of you have ever held off doing something because you worried you weren’t ready yet? And were you really not ready or was perfectionism getting in your way too?

Tell me in the comments!


  1. Steve Borek
    June 11, 2013

    Your web site is marvy.

    Web sites. I kicked and screamed my way to hitting the start button. My own coach, at the time, said, “What can you do to get the first page up?” That’s all I needed.

    Now I have a site, albeit a “fugly” one. I’m working on changing that.

    I like the phrase “going pro” with your brand. Reminds me of Pressfield’s book “The War of Art.” Not to be confused with “The Art of War.”

    Pressfield wrote the book with the professional writer in mind. Though it’s applicable to any professional. I recommend it to all my clients.

    When it comes to 30 Day challenges, for some reason, I hit the start button without giving it a thought.

    I like your posts. Write more!

  2. Joanna Giansanti
    June 11, 2013

    Hey Steve! I love the way you throw yourself into your challenges. Finally asked myself, what’s the worst that can happen? Then I accepted that a glitch on the site is not the end of the world. I’ve read some Pressfield but not that one—it’s on my list now. Thanks for the support!

  3. Steve Borek
    June 11, 2013

    Waiting for things to be perfect is stressful!

    I’m a fan of the “What I’ve Learned” section of Esquire. This one is from Lyle Lovett:

    “I’ve never been ready to do a single thing I’ve ever done in my life. I haven’t been prepared enough, haven’t studied enough, haven’t known enough. You can never be ready. There’s just so much to know.”

    p.s. I can’t wait to “THROW” myself into a Five Guys burger or Gino & Joe’s pizza on June 24th! ;-p

  4. Joanna Giansanti
    June 11, 2013

    Lyle’s got it right! After one Five Guys burger, I’m voting for you to continue the vegan challenge for another round. It’s the most entertaining one yet!

  5. Steve Borek
    June 11, 2013

    Are you saying, extend the challenge?

  6. Joanna Giansanti
    June 11, 2013

    Yes! Am curious to hear how you feel after that burger…

  7. Steve Borek
    June 11, 2013

    Great point. Let’s see what happens.

  8. Joe Cunningham
    June 12, 2013

    Cool new site. My temperament is to put stuff off until I know I can do it right but sometimes you just have to do it. Nike and all that. So totally agree. And once I get going, I don’t stop until it’s done.

    Nicely done.

  9. Joanna Giansanti
    June 12, 2013

    Thanks, Joe! I marvel at the frequency (and length!) of your posts. I won’t tell you how long it took me to write the 5 short paragraphs above!