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.

The problem is not because she doesn’t have enough money or time or the perfect platform (all of these are just excuses).

The real problem is she’s aiming perfection.

An important thing to remember is that in crafting any art, aiming perfection can hinder production.

An art doesn’t need to be perfect. Perfection is subjective. You may think it’s not perfect, but others think it is.

As the great Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”

If you spend countless 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 doesn’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