I discovered this poster via this interview with Ben of Pinterest and I think I may have to design my own version. If I lived by the mantra "done is better than perfect," well ... I would be running my own business by now! I'm afraid that my biggest hang-up is the fear of imperfection. I never want to start because I'm scared of an imperfect outcome. But never starting quite literally leaves you with nothing. :)
This past week I've been wondering if, knowing my personality, I could ever be my own boss? I don't have the slightest bit of type A in me. If someone else gives me a deadline, even a ridiculous almost impossible one, well I'll do it! I'll bend over backwards for a deadline (maybe too much). But if there is even the tiniest wiggle room then I'll use it to make the project "perfect." Hm. These are all things to think about when you want to jump into something new.
Here are a few ideas I've come up with to, hopefully, organize and help me decide what is attainable for this too-perfection-driven me. Even though I know this about myself, I still want to try!
1. Work Space: I would need a space away from all life distractions to sit and concentrate on work ... a space I could leave and come back to without feeling like I was ignoring either work or life.
2. Deadlines: Deadlines that do not move. Even if I set them, they would be non-negotiable! And EVEN if the final product isn't perfect.
3. Profitability: "Money is a great motivator." I've actually never charged someone for my services of my own initiative. I want to help people with my work. But it also makes every project "fun" and pretend and it's not as serious as a business should be.
4. Goals: Maybe this should be first? What are they? What are their deadlines? Write them on the wall and do them!
5. Collaboration: Amazing things happen when you collaborate. Again, I'm too scared to collaborate because I'm worried I won't be prefect enough for the other person. Because, let's face it, I'm the person who re-does someone else's work if it wasn't done well. But this isn't college anymore and I can choose my collaborations!
Does anyone else feel similarly? Or are you type A and this is a completely strange and foreign concept to you? Have you come up with a system that works? Are there other "creative" (a.k.a. not so naturally organized people) out there with businesses? I know there are and I would LOVE to hear your thoughts. I'm looking for ideas!
Thanks for humoring my musings! I hope you weren't bored to death ... or that you just looked at the pictures if you were. Here's a little more food for the thought. :)
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