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Why Imperfect Is Better than Perfect?

The quest for perfection is global, but it is limiting our potential. We should optimize for progress, not perfection. By changing the way we look at things, we can change the way we do things and create more value than we imagined while starting.

Adamou Boubacar Amadou Bello Moussa Amadou

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The Insight 💡

Realizing that nothing is perfect can go a long way to helping us achieve more. Imperfect doesn't and shouldn't mean mediocre. It means knowing when GOOD is enough to create VALUE.

Imperfect > Perfect

Perfection in an imperfect world is unattainable 

While starting a business or a project, we’re so excited to go the extra mile and give it our best. However, in many ways, stressing over perfection can cause many problems that we don’t need.

In this article, we’ll showcase some of the reasons why imperfect is better than perfect in many ways. So without further ado, let’s dive right in!

Getting Things Done is More Critical Than Perfecting Them

Let’s start with one of the most important mistakes many startups make.

Trying to get the perfect product or service before launch.

This has caused more harm than good because trying to perfect things usually takes a lot of time and effort and result in disappointment when our expectations don’t match with reality.

This doesn’t only mean more production time and costs, but it also means reduced morale due to the sense of underachievement.

On the contrary, redistributing priorities to get things done and then improving on them as you go will give you a sense of satisfaction and a confidence boost that will help you keep it up while augmenting and improving on your product.

Hearing Feedback from Others is Critical

If you spend so much time perfecting a product or a service, you might be quite defensive when you hear feedback from customers and other people, which can be afoot in the wrong direction in business.

Instead, use imperfection as an advantage because you’ll be better off hearing feedback that will help you improve in the direction that the clients want.

Perfection is Unattainable

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While trying to get to perfection can take a lot of time to be achieved because even the smallest of details can take as much time as full projects sometimes, in reality, perfection itself is merely impossible.

What we generally mean by perfect is "Good" because when things are good, we can at least value from them, and trying to perfect them is just making them more valuable.

Things around us are constantly changing because they are not perfect, and human beings with all our biases can simply not make perfect things.

Therefore, instead of trying to perfect things, it is much more helpful to accept their imperfection to be able to make them better.

Additionally, getting things done without stressing out on minor details can significantly improve your productivity and provide you with the consistency and reliability needed to be sustainable.

Some Clients Appreciate Imperfections

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Imperfection is part of what makes us humans. However, some machines can create flawless items and gadgets, though not all the time. People still hold handmade and crafted items at a much higher value even when they have a few imperfections here and there.

For some people, the sensation that someone actually put effort into getting things done is more appreciated than automation, which makes imperfect the new perfect!

Successful Business Models Adopted Imperfection

Contrary to what many people think, the key behind most successful projects and businesses out there today wasn’t being perfect.

In fact, stressing over perfection is everything these companies aren’t!

The pressure of perfecting every nook and cranny encourages procrastination and causes productivity to plummet.

Not only that, but another proof that most successful companies believe in imperfection is producing newer enhanced models every now and then or even updates and patches for their software!

To see this in practice, compare just about anything you might have right now and envision it in the future. If you can do that, it would mean that it can still be improved, thus incomplete or imperfect as it stands now.  

You Can’t Please Everyone

Last but not least, you should know that even perfection is subjective. In other words, what might seem perfect to you may not be perfect to someone else.

Not only that, but even among clients themselves, people will regard perfection from a personal point of view, which is why there are tons of options on the market that offer different concepts and create a market of various options instead of one!

Whether you’re a business owner or head of a project, you should know that no matter how great your product or service is, it’s not going to please everyone.

For that reason, it’s better to produce an excellent yet imperfect option and branch out to meet various requirements than to spend all your resources and effort to make one thing.

The Bottom Line

In the end, we hope that this article has provided you with a new perspective on your project or business.

Remember that imperfection is a part of what makes us humans, and accepting this fact allows us to succeed.

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Adamou Boubacar Amadou Twitter

I write content at the intersection of business and technology to help you learn while I do the same. I currently work in marketing in the media industry. Great Content + SEO = 🚀

Bello Moussa Amadou Twitter

Computer science student @ALU I write about technology in general and back-end infrastructure in particular. Currently building a hosting platform based on an open-source project. Milk Lover!