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Done is better than perfect


Andrew

This is re posted.


Andrew Keller

Every morning, Larry and I dig into a form or idea that has caught our eye. Our hope is that our chat inspires you to never stop thinking and possibly challenges you in a new way. If you'd like to help support the show, please visit patreon.com slash reposted. Thank you for stopping by. Sometimes when we do this show, I'm glad that we have a pre meeting sometimes I'm glad that we don't I guess we don't have pre meeting and this one, I'm excited that we don't because I'm conflicted. I don't have an answer. And I want you to tell me what I should think done is better than perfect. It's a quote that's largely attributed to Sheryl Sandberg. But it's kind of something that's been a thought that people thrown around. A lot of times, I've heard it in the entertainment industry. But we found this article on planning mindfully calm, and they come up with a different range of reasons that done is better than perfect. And I think it kind of depends on what you're talking about. But do you subscribe to this thought,


Larry

you know, who doesn't turn things in? You, perfectionist don't turn things in, because they don't want to release anything until it's freakin perfect. And guess what? I happen to live with a perfectionist. And she does turn a lot of crap because takes forever.


Andrew Keller

So you, you might subscribe to done is better than perfect.


Larry

Dude, I am completely done is better than perfect. For instance, oftentimes LinkedIn will say, hey, you should apply for this job done. And I will like if I don't just take the second and half ass sending the application, change the resume and do it, I will never do it. Whereas my wife wouldn't be able to do it. Because she and I'll have to be perfect. It would take her 20 hours. And then she'll forget about it not do it.


Andrew Keller

Yeah, I mean, that's one of the things that they talk about on planning mindfully is perfection creates paralysis. And yet it's not something that I have. I think, like we say so many times know who you are, know what you're about some version of that, like for me, I need to be more leaning towards perfection. And maybe your wife needs to be leaning more towards this. I was thought of reasons that like situations where you want perfect your surgery, maybe a chemotherapy plan, but like for art, or presentations at work, like it's better to get it out into the world and receive feedback cuz you can always change it. Art interesting.


Larry

Let's talk about this for a second. What happens if a perfectionist mates with a non perfectionist? And then have a baby? Guess what happens? Sometimes you get a crazy perfectionist artist, which is my middle son. Hey, would you make grandpa a letter for his birthday? Would you write him a card? Holy owl. he rips that thing up like 50 times. I got to start over pictures. Not right. It is insane. When perfectionism meets creativity, it's oh my gosh,


Andrew Keller

shout out to your middle kid the only one that's never been on the show. He did the artwork behind me and the artwork behind you that


Larry

took it like 12 times something.


Andrew Keller

When I first started thinking about this, I was like for sure. Construction is not this like we just had our cabinets come in and had I done it they'd be uneven the counters would slope and you want to perfection is doing your finished carpentry. But then I thought more macro like if you have if you're having a house built and you want to move in like if you have a perfectionist doing everything, like is it better to not have any caulk on your crown molding? Or is it better just to get in. So again, it can go either way.


Larry

You're totally talking about my father in law. He does all the work in his own house. He does the crown molding it takes him for ever. My favorite story about a perfectionist is him. His father in law passed, they passed away and so he was going to sell all of their dining room stuff. He basically took their dining room and put it in his garage. And when people would come on Craigslist and offer him money. He'd be like, No, no, I listed it for such and such I want that price. He would never haggle. perfectionist do not give an inch and they want it to be done perfect. And it takes forever.


Andrew Keller

That sounds so exhausting to me. Quick carpentry tip a little spackle a little paint makes a carpenter what he ain't. So that's definitely the philosophy I try to fly by. But maybe if you have something you care about, you don't want to work on that. But again, with the getting stuff out in the world, you get feedback, you get reps goes back to what I always say just do something and then you start figuring it out on the fly because there's probably a lot of ideas that for writers again, back to art, no one puts pen to paper because they want to have the perfect idea before they start writing it.


Larry

You know, we're perfectionist and people that want to get stuff done. Where it's a nightmare, taking a perfectionist camping, just like watching them put a tent together. The stakes in the ground or when you close up, like trying to get all of the dirt out of the tent and all of the dirt off the foot map. It's like, Oh my gosh, leaving camping with a perfectionist. You just like, oh, oh, yeah.


Andrew Keller

So I mean, I guess we both kind of agree on done is better than perfect. Although I


Larry

will say this though. I did do a resume for a job. And it is totally half assed, but it's done. But I'm sure there's a perfectionist that applied as well. And the grammar is perfect, and everything's perfect. So maybe they have a leg up. So there is some point, you know, you say that


Andrew Keller

I'm shaking my head. No, because Have you ever been on the receiving end of applications?


Larry

Yeah, not related. Like,


Andrew Keller

maybe if you get one handed to you read through it. But otherwise, you're like, I just want to get through this step. Someone pick the top four candidates, and I'll talk to them. So I mean, while I do try to get in the minutiae, if it's between you and one other person that might make a difference, but like getting noticed, I don't think it's going to get you shouldn't tell me that because that's gonna make me go through my resume even quicker the next time had to put it together. Yeah. And then I guess another aspect of it that maybe you would have insight into what Karen thinks that they said that done is better than perfect shows that you're competent shows that you're willing to put that out in the world. I wouldn't describe Karen is a, a meek or unconfident person, but like, do you think that applies?


Larry

No, man, it's just family systems that was just so ingrained in her. That's just how you do things. I don't know if I've looked into the psychology behind it. I just feel like it's just for all those years in our house. This is how you do it. And that's how she has to do it.


Andrew Keller

Yeah, I guess he just kind of become who you are. And you keep going with it. Oh, show is done.


Unknown Speaker

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Andrew Keller

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