Doing Your Best vs. Good Enough

With today’s post I had a lot of my entrepreneur friends in mind but the message applies to anyone really.

Whatever projects we are working on right now, for anything that is truly important to us, we have this battle between making sure our work is as high quality as possible… while at the same time, due dates arrive and sometimes our very best work still doesn’t cut it.

The thought of producing less than perfect work intimidates us because we worry about the long term impact this could have on our reputation.

So, in an effort to make sure the whole world sees us as “high quality producers”, we often get stuck in a perfectionist cycle where we work, and then rework our stuff forever delaying our due date. Very often, we never complete the project at all.

It can be a very slippery slope ESPECIALLY for entrepreneurs who make a living by producing “stuff” (be it products or services). At some point we all MUST be able to say, my work is “good enough”. But we want to say it from a place of integrity.

The following video explains how to tackle this dilemma…

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13 Responses to Doing Your Best vs. Good Enough

  1. Jeanette Cates November 6, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    Excellent advice, Justin! I love the concept of “good enough” – as of this point in time. We can all use this advice to move up our deadlines to create more opportunities to do our best – for now. Thanks for your thinking on this.
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    • Justin Popovic November 6, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

      Hey Jeanette

      Glad you liked it! More deadlines, more output… I love it 🙂

  2. David Lynch November 6, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    Hey Justin,
    Great post! It really is something that prevents people reach their goals and cause a lot of procrastination.

    Have to ask: is that a dollar bill hanging on your wall? lol

    All the best,

    • Justin Popovic November 6, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

      Hey David

      Thanks for the comment. Haha no its a painting my kids made by pressing their hands against the canvas. Pretty creative 🙂

  3. Donna Bainton November 6, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    OK Justin … how long have you been living inside my head? You described verbatim the thoughts, fears and excuses that I’ve been struggling with. Your analogy of strengthening the physical body by requiring more of it, to grow & respond to increasing demand, was brilliant. I’ve set a due date for this Friday for a small project that I’ve been “tweaking” for a month now. I’m going to “call it done” at 4pm … then have a picnic with my husband & dog! Thanks for yet another great life lesson! You’re the best Justin!

    • Justin Popovic November 6, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

      Haha great feedback Donna and thanks so much for the kind words. LOVE your due date of Friday. That’s 2 days from now!!! Keep me posted on how it goes and I’d love to hear how the added urgency impacted you overall… For me, it usually gives me more energy and vitality 🙂

      Best of luck, go get it

      • Donna Bainton November 6, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

        Thanks Justin … yup TWO DAYS! Yikes, no more chatting for me! I’d be honored to check in with an update on Friday … urgency = motivation!

        • Justin Popovic November 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

          Awesome! I look forward to it

          • Donna Bainton November 10, 2013 at 11:05 am #

            Hey Justin, just a quick “check in” … I finished my product by 4 pm Friday, as promised (yippeee!) … and I’ve been working 1/2 days this weekend to set up a small website & Facebook page to release it Tues (Monday is Veterans Day holiday here in the US & I choose to take advantage of “the internet lifestyle” by taking the day off to honor my military friends & family 🙂 So that’s what I have so far. Thanks for the motivation & support. The sense of urgency really kept me focused and knowing that I had declared my deadline to you definitely kept me from slipping into my usual “perfectionist, it’s not good enough yet” habits. Thanks again, you’re awesome!

          • Justin Popovic November 10, 2013 at 11:58 am #

            Hey Donna

            Awesome!! Well done and congrats on using the power of focus and accountability to get this done. Sounds like you have some great momentum going. Best of luck Tuesday. I’m sure it will go great!

  4. Andrea Callahan November 6, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    As always you understand the plight of the entrepreneur perfectly. I have so many projects in the “staging area” you would be disgusted if I told you how many. You are absolutely right, I need to release them and get going. I can always, edit, revise and re-release if necessary but I need to let them go into the world.

    It’s Wednesday…I intend to launch at least one by Friday. No exceptions!
    Andrea Callahan recently posted..10 Ways for Entreprenuers to Research Your Market and Better Serve Your Ideal Client-11

    • Justin Popovic November 6, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

      Hey Andrea!

      Wow 2 people now GOING FOR IT in less than 2 days!! That’s awesome and congrats on taking bold action. Like Donna, I hope you keep me in the loop how it goes.

      Best of luck 🙂

  5. Eugene Parsons May 25, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    Hey Justin!
    Looks like reading your articles became one of my favorite things.
    Let’s talk about the clip you attached. It was awesome! I really like the example of being good enough. It’s really good. It forced me to think if i could make you my business coach.

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