Strive for growth and evolution over perfection

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Perfection is the enemy of your creative progress. It keeps you stuck, keeps you fearful of making ‘mistakes’ and freezes you into a ridged way of thinking. Fussing over the tiny details nobody but you can see won’t make you feel any better. Seth Godin suggests “Perfect lets you stall, ask more questions, do more reviews, dumb it down, safe it up and generally avoid doing anything that might fail (or anything important). You’re not in the perfect business. Stop pretending that’s what the world wants from you. Truly perfect is becoming friendly with your imperfections on the way to doing something remarkable.”

You don’t need your art to be perfect. Growth and progress is far more rich a reward than perfection. Jonathan Fields in How To Live a Good Life says “Remember, the thing you strive for isn’t perfection; it’s not the easy win or the avoidance of failure, it’s the gift of growth, the opportunity for evolution.”

Let your art be wonky and messy and human so you can get on with the fun of making something. Then move onto the next thing and then the next and the next, until one day in the distant future, you realise how much you’ve grown.