“The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.”Charles R. Swindoll
I’ve been thinking a lot about finishing lately.
It’s likely because I’m wrapping up a website project, and the last few pieces always seem to take the most effort and attention.
With any project, the last 5 – 10% of work generally takes the most effort but it is the piece that makes something look polished and next level.
There are three main things that I’m aware of that brings any project (work or otherwise) to that next level—
Challenge, repetition, and detail.
Polish requires challenge
It’s difficult to do anything well if you find it incredibly boring or not your thing. Every project needs at least a sprinkle of challenge—something that gets you excited and expands your boundaries.
Polish requires repetition.
A song practiced one time sounds decent; A song practiced a hundred times songs polished. I could read every programming book in the world but that wouldn’t make me a great programmer unless I put my hands on the keyboard and practice and try things myself. If you love doing something, you’ve got to put in the reps—no matter how monotonous it may be.
Polish requires attention to detail.
Attention to detail gets you far in life. It’s part observation, part knowing your skills. It’s not only seeing what’s there but also see what’s not there.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #974