Done Is Better Than Perfect
As someone who has struggled with perfectionism for years, I understand how strange “done is better than perfect” can sound but we’ll delve more into why that was the case for me at a later time. For now, I’ll put it to my fellow perfectionists this way: Is it better to turn in an assignment that isn’t “perfect” on time and receive some points toward your grade or to not turn an assignment at all and receive a goose egg? I should think the answer is pretty obvious.
In 2016, I submitted one of my first drafts of my television drama pilot to the London Film Awards for their annual screenplay competition on a whim. It wasn’t nearly “finished” by my standards but I thought it would give me the opportunity to get over my fear of having a stranger read any of my work. Plus, because the contest was across the pond, if anything did come of it, that would be pretty dope.
And then I totally forgot about it until December 14th when something inside me told me to check the contest’s website.
I had placed fourth in the Best First-Time Screenwriter category for the competition. I went to my sister’s room and showed her my phone with tears in my eyes. There was no cash prize, no option guarantee, or anything along those lines but for me, I was the most incredible feeling to know that a story that is so dear to my heart could resonate with others and that I could convey it in a way could put me on any kind of winners list, especially with a script I knew was not perfect. Had I waited until I felt it was, I honestly would never have hit send.
In regard to this new endeavor: Is this website perfect? Absolutely not. But am I finished with it? Nope. But beyond Facebook posts and the embarrassing days past of Xanga and MySpace, I’m pretty new to all this and what better way to learn than to go ahead and give it a try. I cannot learn how to navigate building a website if I don’t buy a domain and register with a hosting company nor can I build a community without stepping a metaphorical foot out into the world to do so much in the same way I cannot discover what are the right and wrong ways of writing a script without putting a pen to paper in the first place.
So with that, I want to encourage you all to try something new without worrying for a moment about your endeavor being perfect. Paint, take photographs, film a video, write -- and enjoy the process for what it is. You may find you're able to take lessons you encounter along the way help you to improve.
Click HERE to see Lavendaire's video on her experience with "Done Is Better Than Perfect" which I really enjoyed.