“Le meglio è l’inimico del bene.”1
– Italian proverb quoted by Voltaire
The pursuit of perfection can be crippling. I’ve been working on a post about mechanical keyboards off and on for over a year, and the other day I realized the reason I haven’t finished it is I want it to be perfect. I’ve built it up so much in my mind that anything less than my vision for it is inadequate.
Maybe it’s because I’m a little OCD, or that I like to impress people, or that I hold myself to high standards. While any of those (or all of those) could contribute, at the end of the day my desire to deliver the “perfect” post is standing in the way of me finishing that post at all.
I’m not sure what “the answer” is2, I know that at this point I need to set a deadline and publish my best effort. So by next Friday (June 21st), I’ll publish something about mechanical keyboards. It
probably won’t be perfect, but it will be done.
Translation: ”Perfect is the enemy of good”, or more literally “the best is the enemy of the good.” (Source: Wikipedia) ↩︎
Here I go again, looking for the “perfect” answer to this dilemma of perfectionism. ↩︎