Are You Good Enough?

If you’ve been working on something that’s “almost there,” but you’ve held off on moving forward, allow me to encourage you to go ahead with it.

Nine times out of ten, “almost there” is good enough.

And I would point out that by definition, “good enough” is indeed good enough.

So do it already.

Silence the nagging doubts that keep you from starting, launching, going for it.

Here’s what I know:

  • It won’t be perfect. (It never will be.)
  • There will be things you didn’t plan for. (Life is too complex to plan for every detail.)
  • Once you’re into it you’ll say, “If I had to do it over, I’d change this.” (That’s good. It means you’re paying attention.)

Here’s also what I know:

  • You’re smart enough. (If it doesn’t work that doesn’t mean you’re not intelligent.)
  • You’re talented enough. (You’ll fix it on the fly.)
  • You care enough. (You’ll put in the needed effort.)
  • Once you commit, “all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” (It really does happen that way.)

Some say “good enough” is the enemy of excellence.

It can be.

But it’s also the enemy of procrastination through perfectionism.

And when you’re sitting on the cusp of releasing something, perfectionism is the bigger enemy of your success than lack of excellence.

For right now, pick up the tool called “good enough” and wield it. Overcome procrastination. Go. For. It.

Remember, “good enough” is a tool, not a lifestyle. You can set it down when it’s time to perfect the thing you’re working on.

And don’t worry. You will be excellent. But excellence comes after you’ve started.

So, are you ready?

Someone in the world needs the new thing you’ve been working on.

Will you deny them of it?

– Zac Smith, VC