I asked my father if he could repair a broken foot on an old wooden toy chest so I could use it as a coffee table. What I thought was going to be a bit of glue and a couple of clamps turned out to be a three-day antique analysis and repair class.
I have known for some time that my father comes from a generation where, “good enough” never existed. It’s a quality that I admire. Yet I question it’s over arching usefulness. Don’t get me wrong. If a doctor is going to set a bone, I want to make sure that “good enough” isn’t the mantra. I’m still convinced though, that there is a place for “good enough” in our world. We are not all doctors or bridge builders. In most cases a mistake in our work or thought process doesn’t have dire long-term consequences. We can fix modify and improve.
Simply put, there is room to be wrong. When you release something (a blog, a lesson plan, a business idea) in a “good enough” state, while holding a beta mindset there is less ego attached to it. In the process you may discover that your idea sucked to begin with or you may end up with a vastly superior result. Either way, you’ll be far ahead of trying to convince everyone it was the finished product.