Waiting until it's perfect...

by Zeus66
17 replies
...is a sure path to continuing to struggle. If you have a perfectionist streak (like me), you gotta get over it. You just do.

Making money online isn't just about picking something solid and working at it. That's the biggest part of it, yes. But all the work in the world - even on something that has a real shot at success - puts zero $ in your bank account.

Doesn't matter if you build niche blogs, sell a service, do affiliate marketing, or make and sell your own stuff. Until you decide "it's good enough" and pull the trigger, all it represents is the time & money you've invested in it. It's just potential income until you let go and put up that order form (or affiliate link, etc.).

I'm not for a second suggesting that you put out garbage. But I think there just might be a bigger problem at the other end of that spectrum. Seems like a lot of people I talk to and hear about are waiting for that next edit, or that extra bonus to add, or to get some better graphics made, etc. etc. Or, they worry to the point of exhaustion that what they've created isn't quite good enough.

You know what? Most of the time, it's better than good enough when you think it's not quite good enough. Seriously. Ask anyone who's been in this game for awhile and they'll tell you about all the worry they've put themselves through for nothing. You're so much harder on yourself than your customers (or site visitors, etc.) will be on you and your product or service.

Accept that and get beyond it. Pull the trigger! Start getting payback for all your blood, sweat, and tears. Waiting until it's "perfect" (whatever the hell that means) just means you getting a day older with nothing to show for it.

John
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  • Profile picture of the author DPWeb
    You are telling the truth! The best website design in the world doesn't matter if no one ever sees it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rich Struck
    Great post, I agree, but damn, it is so hard sometimes to release something when you know it isn't perfect.
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    • Profile picture of the author MarthaD.
      OK John, 'fess up! You've been sneaking into my brain haven't you??!!

      I finally found something I really like and that I truly believe in - yet, you're right! I'm still editing and waiting for perfection!

      It may not bring down the house or break any records but I actually think it is pretty good and probably ready but... am I???

      Thanks for the shove - I think!!!!
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      • Profile picture of the author lukemeister
        Great point here haha - I can relate for sure. I used to strive for perfectionism in nearly every web project and it took forever to get stuff done

        What I started to realize is that I was striving to achieve what I thought was "perfect" (which could mean many many things) when I really should have been focusing on is what the people using the sites and applications would call "useful"
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        • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
          Originally Posted by lukemeister View Post

          Great point here haha - I can relate for sure. I used to strive for perfectionism in nearly every web project and it took forever to get stuff done

          What I started to realize is that I was striving to achieve what I thought was "perfect" (which could mean many many things) when I really should have been focusing on is what the people using the sites and applications would call "useful"
          That's a great way to put it! Once you can honestly say it's useful, get it out there. When someone's hungry (for your info, your service, whatever), they'll be thrilled to get a burger from McDonald's. They don't require you to serve filet mignon with all the extras.

          Charge accordingly. Just get it out there!
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          • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
            Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

            That's a great way to put it! Once you can honestly say it's useful, get it out there. When someone's hungry (for your info, your service, whatever), they'll be thrilled to get a burger from McDonald's. They don't require you to serve filet mignon with all the extras.

            Charge accordingly. Just get it out there!
            Even a Macca's burger is not a dulled down lifeless burger it has a lot of marketing and presentation behind it / yes at a low price but that can not be confused with perfection.

            The art of the Macca's burger across thousands of outlets globally is probably perfection mastered at putting that stuff out.

            there needs to be a line between rubbish and good value and getting out there where it falls into the rubbish dept will only produce tears and more frustration.

            If there was a burger shop on the corner selling crap burgers in the name of getting it out there, then the only thing left to do will be to turn the lights out on another failed attempt.

            Yes there is no need to be a 100% perfectionist and your projects can be tweaked and improved as they go, but please do not dish up rubbish for your visitors to digest.
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  • Profile picture of the author Online Bliss
    Pull the trigger!
    Thanks John,
    I realized that when I noticed I still don't have
    a Sig yet. At least not a very effective one.
    I am going to use your advice and couple that with my own.
    I will set a Launch Date and Pull The Trigger Period.
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  • Profile picture of the author RevenueGal
    Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

    it's better than good enough when you think it's not quite good enough.
    Love that thought!

    We should strive for high quality services, products & content. However, perfectionism can keep you paralyzed with no action taking place. It's good for us to keep reminding ourselves that everything doesn't have to be so perfect...and to get moving forward!
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  • Profile picture of the author ToniMaltano
    Absolutely true. I started coaching a few guys last year and one of them was
    actually driving me nuts.

    He was like me when I started out. He was constantly tweaking things on his
    new product, the sales letter, the emails.... it became like an obsession

    I told him that I had the same problem and that he needs to go over it since
    we were already working on this thing for 8 months. He paid me to coach him
    5 months but I don't know, I just couldn't leave him all alone. But after 7 1/2
    months I told him:

    "Look, you will launch this da** product to your list this week or I will kick you out
    of my email list, I won't reply to your emails and you will never make
    money on the internet, never. You can leave now. Go check the classified ads
    and find a job and work for somebody else instead of wasting my time"

    And this is a true story.

    What did he do? I really hoped that he would continue. He did.

    9 days later (14th February) he launched his product and made almost
    17.000$ on his first launch.

    HA! What you think about that.

    He finally realised how stupid he was. I was even more stupid when I
    started out

    GET OUT THERE!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

    Waiting until it's "perfect" (whatever the hell that means) just means you getting a day older with nothing to show for it.
    Well... if that's how you have to rationalise putting out an unfinished product ......
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  • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
    I remember when I first started I used to wait until something was "perfect" before I unleashed it to the world. Thankfully I have learned that for the most part IM is a learning process.

    Each launch, whether it be websites or products, you are going to run into new problems and situations. For example when I recently launched a content site with the goal of earning revenue through advertising. Every other site I've done was always selling something and my writing reflected that.

    Had I just waited until my content site was "perfect" I would still be waiting and would probably be doing so for a long time.

    Does it bother me that those first posts are utter crap? Yes it does. But I look at everything after that and go "Damn... now thats perfect!"
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  • Profile picture of the author Dahlia Valentine
    Every time I look back at stuff I wrote years ago, I think to myself "What friggin garbage this is!" Yet I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread when I wrote it back then. And I worked a lot more meticulously years ago.

    I learned though. Plus I don't have as much time to nit-pick over minor details.

    My new philosophy is quite simple: Work fast, fail fast, learn fast, get rich fast, amen.
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  • Profile picture of the author sim22
    its about believeing and doing isnt it?
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  • Profile picture of the author Angela Marshall
    I've been working on project for a while now and I think of something I can do better everytime I work on it. Heck, I think of things to do better on it when I'm not working on it.The truth is there will always be something I can do add to make it better. Actually, I think its good right now. After reading your post I realize its just anaysis paralysis...dare I say maybe even fear? The quest for perfection is actually holding me back. I need to follow Nike's lead and "Just Do It". There's no rule that says I can't change/tweak things after its out there.
    Great Post John. I needed that.
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    • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
      Originally Posted by Angela Marshall View Post

      There's no rule that says I can't change/tweak things after its out there.
      Bingo! And, if you do follow-up with your buyers and offer updates/improvements, think of the added loyalty and trust you'll build with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    Tell me about it! This is just a CLEAR example of ONE experience I had, etc.... HECK, I have seen a LOT of failings in packages in the past. One such failing is COMMISSIONS! I could do that in my sleep! I didn't, because writing the system AROUND it would be VERY complicated. Well, I specialize now in data conversions, interfaces, and data warehouses and GUESS WHAT!!!!!!!

    I once supposedly got a job doing an interface for a company's customer. It fell through, and the company failed to notify anyone. I ended up actually writing a MANUAL for that product. It only does COMISSIONS! REMEMBER, I was originally going to write the INTERFACE for it. Stand alone, it is WORTHLESS!

    They were in business FIVE years and thought they knew everything! WOW, FIVE WHOLE YEARS!?!?!?!? And to THINK, I only had a measly maybe 40 years under my belt at the time. Even when I was a little kid I heard about this stuff. My mother and father BOTH worked on it! My mother manually as an accountant, and my father as a programmer for computers. I had only been actually working in the industry doing this stuff for people for a measly 20 years!

    I asked them how to do something that seemed impossible, with their product. and they told me in their "infinite"(sarc) wisdom that NOBODY would do that, that they can't, and they have 5 years experience! I heard of MANY companies that DID! I think amazon does, and Barnes and noble told me that very morning that THEY do! The question?

    THEY supported:

    0-10000 @4%=400
    -20000 @5%= 900
    -30000 @6%= 1500

    They did NOT support

    0-10000 @4%=400
    20000 @5%= 1000
    30000 @6%= 1800

    CRAZY, huh?

    What surprises me is that I STILL hear about those guys! Where I work NOW, they use them! Their customer list reads like the forbes 500, and they are NOT cheap! It is ASTOUNDING what companies pay them. And they get a product that basically requires someone like me to integrate it.

    Steve
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