Perfection is paralysis

I have wanted to start a blog about personal development for designers for the better part of two years. Sadly, I've wasted a lot of time thinking about the idea and not doing anything to make it happen. I thought, well if my website were better I could start. If my grammar was better, I could start. If my Twitter following was higher, I could start. Rather than taking action, I continued on this cycle and on without end.

One night I was shopping for groceries while listening to The Minimalists podcast (so good even if you are not a minimalist) and they said something that blew me away. They said waiting for something to be perfect to start it can paralyze you from starting.

For me, I noted that I'm not the best writer and my grammar skills have much to be desired. After that, I made excuses about my website not looking the way I want, and then after updating it, I still felt like I could improve it to make a better experience. This cycle continued and continued until that night I was listening to that episode. It dawned on me that if I don't start now, I never will. If I wait, I only increase the time it takes me to become a better writer and I waste time not giving back to the industry that has given so much to me.

If you can take anything away from this post, let it be that you are good enough, whatever action you take is better than all the actions you don't take. Don't allow the fear of not doing something amazing stop you from starting anything all. As they say, perfection is paralysis.

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