The Purple Cow

Your bar shouldn't be your barrier.

Most of us  Very few of us strongly believe in perfecting things.

They believe in the ideals, the principles and the philosophy of quality so obsessively. It is ingrained deep down in their DNA that they can’t let an average looking, average feeling product out into the market.

It could be a song they are creating on an iPad, or the video they are making for Youtube audience, or a creative ad poster for the local music festival, or a blogpost on Wordpress.

They crave to make it better. Nicer. Prettier. Any idea that’s not remarkable is like kitchen mice to them. They chase it to death. 

Simply put, their bar and standard for excellence is so high up in the sky.

I am all game for such levels of matchless excellence. Infact, i myself crave dearly to create something that lasts, that excels, that inspires people every day. But here’s the catch:

You can’t be perfect on day 1. Differently put, you will suck on day 1. 

Yes, no matter where you come from, what your educational background is, what your talent level is, you will suck big time in your first attempt. Now, what are you going to do about that? Will you sit back and say, may be, some other time, I’ll find better resources or better mindset to launch a perfect product? Nope!

Keep your bar high, sure, but let that not be a barrier of progress. The only way the legends have done it so perfectly is by practice. Not by luck.

The cricketing legend, Sachin Tendulkar didn’t start his career with 10,000 runs and went to 0. He began with 0 and broke every record with practice and laser-focus. Perfection is the after-effect of perseverance. Quality is the servant of practice.

Excellence is the finish line. Not the pre-requisite to start a marathon. You know what’s the pre-requisite to start a marathon? Having the guts to admit that you know nothing and yet leaping forward!