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What “If” by Rudyard Kipling can teach us about Analysis Paralysis, Perfectionism Paralysis and the “Done is better than perfect” concept.

Two of the biggest enemies of success: Analysis Paralysis and Perfectionism Paralysis. We have so much negative talk and artificial roadblocks in our heads that keep us from starting or finishing something: a business, that website, our book, that song, that album, the company app. We end up endlessly tweaking – never finishing. How do we get around that? Perhaps the concept of “done is better than perfect” can help with that – but when is that appropriate and when is it not? Do we sacrifice excellence for productivity? Do we trade off the time it takes to master a craft for the sake of churning out projects? Come chat with us about it here and let us know what you think! We’re tying our thoughts into the famous poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling (which we’ve included below for you to read and the excerpt we quoted is also highlighted below) and another concept around the French word “Bricolage” – plus we have two book recommendations for you from Jon Acuff. From this, we’ve extracted 3 tips for you:

OUR 3 TIPS FOR HANDLING BARRIERS TO SUCCESS:

  1. Set a firm deadline
  2. Be comfortable with flaws
  3. Remember every master was once a beginner.

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“If” – by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same; 
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
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