Perfection’s Lie

“The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.”

George Orwell

“Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.”

Voltaire

Perfection is one of the biggest lies we can follow when it comes to creativity. Not only does it stifle our curiosity and desire to create, it also hinders our originality.

We want our work to stand out and be special. Even when we are starting, we want to create good art. But in the beginning, our tastes often don’t match reality. Most people feel down or even quit when they see someone do something better than they can. Or when their work is criticized. But sucking is part of the process to getter better at what we do. Seeing your work evolve and grow over time is a special part of pursuing creativity (whatever medium of creativity that may be).

Imperfections make creativity unique.

Imperfection shows how difficult it is to master a skill. It shows us the human behind the work. It shows us how players on top of their game make it look ‘easy.’

And criticism is part of the experience too. The key is knowing when the critic’s words are intended to tear you down, or build you up.

And criticism is part of the experience too. The key is knowing when the critic’s words are intended to tear you down, or build you up.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #799

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