Perfection: The Reason You Hide Your Art

She’s an artist — in fact, a great artist. But she believes she’s not good enough, that she needs more money to improve her projects, or more time to tweak them until they reach perfection. So she hides her art, waiting for the right time, waiting for the perfect moment.

Waiting. Hiding.

But what she never realize is that she’s just making excuses, afraid of criticisms, and bypassing failure (which is a great teacher). The problem is not because she doesn’t have enough money or more time or the perfect platform. The real problem is because she’s aiming perfection.

Here’s the truth: In crafting any art, aiming perfection, at times, hinders production.

An art doesn’t need to be perfect. Perfection is subjective. You may think it’s not perfect, but others think it is. And you may think it is perfect, but others think it’s not. As the great Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”

If you spend countless of hours tweaking or endlessly perfecting your craft, you’re wasting an incredible amount of time. Artist improves through experimenting, shipping, and then hearing feedback. You can’t and you can’t move forward if you don’t let go of perfection — it’s a moving target.

But what if my audience don’t appreciate it? What if they laugh? What if I fail? 

Then do it again. Do it better. That’s the only way.

“Don’t let perfection become procrastination. Every masterpiece that’s ever been done, it could have been better. Just launch and learn… Everything is progress.”  — Danielle LaPorte

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Jade Panugan

Some interesting questions about life and human behavior: What if there's no money? Why we often feel the urge to prove that we're right and others are wrong? Why we react to things beyond our control? Why we hate? Why it's hard to be content? I don't have all the answers, do you? Let's chat.