Don’t Wait: Perfection is the Death of Invention

by | Jan 3, 2017

There are many pieces of sage advice that I do not heed, even while agreeing that I should. One is “Don’t Wait.” For many, many good creative ideas that I have had I waited and thought. You see, my big ideas need mulling time to be perfected. So, because I am a thinker and not much of a risk-taker (although I was a risk-taker and do-anything-once-within-reason kind of girl before I had my son…hummm), I tend to make lists, organize ideas and think in terms of pros and cons columns. This takes precious time and effort so much that the bright ideas often fade.

Writing a book and now blog posts were BIG IDEAS that surfaced, where sufficiently mulled, found to be a good ideas and BEGAN!! Our book is a source of personal pride and accomplishment because we pushed through uncertainty, learned to accept perfection is hard fought and never achieved, and we completed our big idea in a way that makes us super happy. Now we have entered the blog world and are again uncertain and fighting for perfection we should know won’t come. I pray that someday we will look back and be super happy with our blog and our readers will enjoy what we offer them.

In the meantime, I have a saying that I revisit often in my mind: “Perfection is the Death of Invention.” How true! Strangely enough my motto comes off of a BCBG sweater! I know…I wish it came from a famous philosopher or incredibly moving song, but no, a sweater. When I wear the sweater or think of the saying I feel inspired to STOP (I beg my inner self), PLEASE STOP waiting to make things the way you think they should be, which is really a reach for perfection. Go live, make mistakes, try things that don’t work, and don’t be afraid of failure or disappointments. Don’t let my analytical mind kill my creative one. They can co-exist!

So, today, my “Food for Thought” (to start this New Year off right) is sharing this saying that motivates me and reminding us all “Don’t Wait!”  In 2017 I hope you are motivated often to turn your back on perfection and reach for your special creativity and inventiveness in this world and go forward without worry or fear.

I am Judy and David’s daughter and Mel and Tillie’s and Fred and Luella’s granddaughter. I am the beaches and coast, lakes and steams and mountains of California. California is in my heart and soul, where I grew up, and it will always feel like home. My family and my oldest, cherished friends are there and dotted around the West. But, I am also downtown Chicago where I walked to work in knee-high snow and the shores of Lake Michigan where my husband and I strolled pulling my son behind us in his red wagon so he could learn to pump a swing and build sandcastles at the playground on our local beach.Read More

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