Lessons from Seth’s Shower

In his latest Facebook live event, Seth Godin took us on a tour of his shower. And by shower I mean the studio space he uses to record his podcast ‘Akimbo.’

It was one of those moments that seemed to reveal to me all the secrets of the universe. The lesson here is that perfect does not matter. Perfect doesn’t last. Perfection is a stopgap between us and the future that we want to create. Eventually, a desire for perfection becomes too heavy for us to bear, so we burnout and stop shipping.

What lasts more than a desire for perfection is a desire for continuity. I’ve recorded 10 episodes of The Penguin Latte Podcast. Not a single episode has more than 10 downloads. I have more than six months worth of daily blog posts. Not a single post has more than 20 views.

So, why continue? Because every time I take a shower, I get an answer: I love doing it, so I see no reason as to why I should stop.

Is the thing that you’re doing so fun, so fulfilling and meaningful to you, that ‘how’ doesn’t matter as much as ‘why’? If the answer is self-evident, well, there you go.

Yes, you should care about the quality of your work. You should care about who it’s for, what it’s for, and why people should pay attention. But you can’t make any progress if you’re caught up in the what ifs.

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