The pandemic has taught us how to keep moving forward amid chaos. More than ever, global business leaders have been working hard to create the best possible versions of their products, services and organizations. Even now, “good enough” isn’t a phrase in our vocabulary.
The pandemic should also serve as a lesson about when it is time to let go. I want you to eliminate one more word from your vocabulary — “perfect.” There is a fine line between striving for your best product and striving for the perfect product, and if you have crossed into the thorny territory of perfectionism, it can be difficult to find your way back. As Winston Churchill said, “Perfection is the enemy of progress.” Perfection eliminates any opportunities for risk or failing upward, two key components of growth.
If you are waiting for perfection in any area of your business, you will be waiting forever. During this period of extreme uncertainty, I’m asking you to be brave, not perfect.