There’s a Chinese saying that goes something like ‘When you’ve made it 90% down the path, you’re halfway to your destination’. How many times has this been true for you in your life – in anything that was worthwhile doing.
I know in my career, in amazing projects, in freelance work that I do, for some reason the last 10% makes me want to give up entirely. You start with enthusiasm, you peak midway when you see the finish line, then when you’re 2 steps away a wall pops up preventing you from getting it out into the world.
For the last few months I’ve been working and educating myself on creating something I’ve been wanting to do for almost a year now. Writing a book. For me it’s made sense to come this far in my career; having learnt so much already, to be able to share it. So for the last 3 months I’ve written and written some more, finding time through my day to jot down as much as I can about my journey in my Freelance Business, Design, marketing and also becoming a mum.
But then the last 10% came and I pushed it aside; almost as far as the ‘too hard’ basket because I wasn’t a ‘writer’, I didn’t ‘have the time’ all the while being able to check Instagram and Twitter more than 3 times a day. Finding excuses to avoid getting it done.
I’m starting to think that this wall that gets put up is actually our ego. If we really sat down and thought about what was so difficult about the last part of anything it’s nothing more than doing the work and getting it out there. But the ‘getting out there’ part sucks right. If it’s not perfect, if it has flaws it’ll reflect badly on you right? Oh and my favourite, once I launch ‘EVERYONE will see it’. Haha I wish.
I guess you’re starting to wonder how this all relates to business and design. Yes, it’s not my typical post, but then again it absolutely related to both of these things because getting that app out there, creating that business idea, following through on anything in life eventually meets with our ego. The idea that it’s not possibly good enough so I’ll go over it about 10 times more or tweak it here and there or add this and that.
Let’s all just admit this:
Done is better than Perfect.
Because yes it’s probably got flaws, it’s probably not the best book, website, photo, app, product out there but it’s better to have released it into the world than hidden away never to be seen again. And who am I (or you) to keep these things from those who need it.
In life there is always someone / thing that is better or worst off than you are, so to all the hustlers, creators and like minded individuals out there – here’s to the last 10% that is there to remind us that it’s not about us, but that it’s about the work.
Leave a comment below and tell me what you’re working or have worked on where the last 10% has tested you. And for all those out there that are interested – the book is now available on Amazon.