Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Sometimes... Good enough is!
Back in my earlier days I used to be a bit of a perfectionist. Way back in grade school I remember staying after school rewriting a letter to the California state capital requesting information for my state report. The unusual part of this story is that it took me over 30 attempts. The letter was in ink and cursive. I wanted it just right. My teacher was impressed, but looking back, I wished I'd have known a great secret:
Sometimes, good enough is good enough!
Many years later as a computer programmer I had a boss who helped me learn this. I liked to create nice looking computer reports, but sometimes we needed to to what we called a "quick and dirty." With various time constraints I learned that not every project had to be my best work. There wasn't enough time.
My boss explained that sometimes we could only give our client a Volkswagen. We couldn't afford to give them a Cadillac.
Put in more common terms, When you're hungry, fast-food will do. You don't need gourmet, you just need some food.
I shorten the lesson learned to this: Sometimes... good enough is!
This little lesson helps me maintain my sanity since I can be prone to over-achieve, over-do, or over-obsess. Relax. I've learned to take a deep breath and decide up front: Do I need the Cadillac version, Volkswagen, something in-between, or just a skateboard?