More on perfection, continuing from yesterday.

The routine, the space, the ritual that gets you into the right mindset, it’s for you. Not anybody else.

Because nobody is going to read the cup of perfect coffee that’s sitting to the left of your keyboard. Nobody is going to hear the pristine hardwood floor of your recording studio.

But you will.

And when you see the coffee cup, or the hardwood floor, you’ll know that it’s time to create something that didn’t exist yesterday.

And what about the extra hours that you’re putting in? It might be cruel and unfair, but nobody is going to care about how long it took you to make something. Your 80 hours of work and their 80 hours of work could lead to different results. Even though you spent the same amount of hours as they did, they might have spent those hours more effectively than you.

It took Susan Cain 7 years to write Quiet. But that’s not why it became a bestseller. She could have spent those 7 years carelessly. Instead, she spent those 7 years studying, researching, writing and rewriting until she got it right. The result was a work of art, an example of a labor of love.

A need for perfection is a form of procrastination. When we say, “I’ll write when the environment/timing/weather/condition is perfect,” what we’re saying is, “I’ll never write.”

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