Is progress always perfect? Is the concept of perfection permanent, or only temporary?
Many people get stuck on the concept of perfection. They are stuck because perfection is often not what is required, but progress is.
We might paint a picture or look at a piece of art and say, “perfect.” If we are launching a rocket or satellite we might need perfect weather. A manufactured part that is within tolerance might also be perfect.
What we sometimes lose sight of is the fact that many of our jobs or the reason for a business is because things aren’t perfect. Many businesses exist because they solve a problem. The problem exists because the system or outcome isn’t perfect.
Consumers often measure costs. They compare the price to fix against the price to replace. Perfect is seldom permanent, it is often temporary, or only perfect for right now.
Therefore, perfection might have the highest price tag of all.
Perfect is Temporary
What is your job or your business?
If you repair, maintain, or fix something, it is because perfect was temporary.
If you change, innovate, or search for better ideas it is because perfect was temporary.
The lawyer, the doctor, or the road construction crew, they’re all employed because perfect is temporary.
Perhaps the risk is not that something will break or become outdated and useless. The bigger risk is the tragedy that occurs when it sits on the shelf, gets stuck in R&D, or just never becomes perfect enough. It never exists.
Some will discover that the risk of existence, like perfection, has the heaviest price to pay. If you don’t believe me just ask a Kodak historian (or former employee) about bringing ideas to market.
Many people believe that they have an idea for a book. The manuscript is floating around in their head.
Start to write it and eighty percent of the contents would spew out very quickly. Perfecting it, the final twenty percent of the contents, would take much more time. That final twenty percent of the contents likely requires eighty percent of the time and effort.
Some will never produce it, because it’s not perfect. So it will never exist.
Paint your picture, build your product, or write your book. If perfect is temporary then the failure to exist always has the highest price tag of all.
I believe that progress might be more important.
It isn’t always perfect.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a four-time author and some of his work includes, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce and Pivot and Accelerate, The Next Move Is Yours! Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.