“A good plan violently executed now is better than perfect plan executed next week”- George Patton
So, great quotation right? A couple of things about it.
1. We are talking about start up business, not war.
Ahh, but there are many who liken business to war. People refer to the competition as the enemy. Companies turn conference rooms into war rooms. Even the organizational structure of most businesses are based on military ranks.
But is business like war? I would submit that as the new age continues to dawn on business it becomes less like it. And I can assure you that there are still plenty of businesses holding fast to the old ways.
2. If I didn’t believe in the truth stated in this quote you wouldn’t be seeing this post now.
I would have waited until I got back to my laptop instead of doing it from my phone. One big difference is you would see the above quotation as a jpeg instead of simple text I typed. The other big difference is this would still be on my to do list as opposed to getting checked off while I wait for my tardy friend.
I have long held the belief that far too many people waste too much time trying to make things perfect. Here’s the deal, just because something is perfect to you doesn’t mean that anyone else will find it so. Get the idea, design, prose, product or whatever out so the public or your client can critique it. At that point you are able to take their feedback and make something better than you had.
In the end, good enough for now will always beat perfect next week. Why? Be honest, when was the last time you saw something that was perfect?
Do you spend too much time trying to improve things?
Do you prefer Seth godins “just ship” philosophy?
How do you leverage the feedback you get?
Are you working on a project that needs additional eyes, hands or brains?