Being a lover of success quotes, the CEO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, has one of the best quotes to live by:
Done is Better Than Perfect!
As an entrepreneur living with multiple sclerosis (MS), getting things done is more important than doing a world class phenomenal job.
First off, you’ll never reach perfection. No one ever has. The light bulb is still evolving. The iPhone and Galaxy are on what edition now?
Cars continuously improve. Facebook is 100x different than it was when it first started. Even shoes change.
If you’re trying to reach perfection before releasing something, your great grandkids will still be working on it before anyone knows it exists.
When I first started teaching myself how to be a book publisher, the first book was well below sub par. The content was good. Same with the pictures and formatting. What I fell short on what all the publishing details that are obvious to people in the field; very hard to see for the average person.
By publishing I AM – Children’s Book for Positive Thinkers, I experienced first hand of what Sheryl Sandberg was referring too.
You may be thinking, in what areas of life do I implement “Done is Better Than Perfect?” All of them!
If you’re trying to eat healthier, then do it. I don’t eat healthy every meal but just by eating healthy snacks at some point every day, that’s better than garbage all day every day. It’s not about changing your whole diet instantly; it’s about making small changes.
The path to better health is getting done some of things that you’ve never done before. Start today. In time, more meals and snacks will be healthier than ever! Start small.
At this moment in time, I’m a skinny little twerp. At 31 years old, I’m 5’10” and weigh 125 lbs. In my mid twenties my weight was 155 lbs. With some MS complications, it only took a few months to drop 30 lbs. with no energy to gain it back.
Over the last month I began working out again. If a personal trainer were to watch me, they’d be disgusted. I’m happy about my routine right now. I’m getting it done even though it’s no where near perfect. All I do is push-ups, planks, dips, and wall squats.
Some days I do all of them, other days I only do one. Consistency in the long run will pay off far greater than doing it “perfect” once or twice a month.
Everyone has the ability to save and invest. When I was making very little money I still put money into my IRA and invested in stocks.
I was able to do this even when college student loans were stealing more than 60% of my monthly income; then there was rent, insurance, food, and beer. Sometimes I was only able to invest a whopping $15 that month – it’s far better than not investing anything at all.
I learned that you can maintain healthy loving relationships with little effort. I go weeks without speaking to my sisters, but one 10-minute phone call rekindles that loving relationship we have.
Perfect and consistent communication with loving friends and family doesn’t need to be daily, but it needs to be there. If you’re use to daily phone calls with the spouse and you miss a day, don’t fret my pet, the sun will rise tomorrow and you both will still love each other the same when you speak again.
Before quitting the J.O.B lifestyle, “done is better than perfect” was bluntly obvious in the employee world. When given a deadline which I was clueless even how to begin, all I cared about was getting it done to present to my boss. Bells and Whistles are useless when the content is what really matters.
Then there’s the mentality I’m grateful for never adopting is to do just enough to not get fired. Getting things done produces real world results; striving for perfection will always leave you on the sideline or get you fired for missing deadlines.
People say to read everyday. The average CEO reads 60 books a year. For me personally, all I do is read whatever I want when I want. It’s rare to read a book cover to cover for me without opening another book. In my eyes, as long as I read a few paragraphs from a nonfiction book each day, that’s gold to me.
Same with doing affirmations and sticking to a morning/evening routine. I’m not consistent with doing everything I need but I do just enough to say “I did it.” By working on yourself to the point of “done” will eventually transform your whole world. Take care of you the best you can with what you have; it doesn’t have to be perfect.
There’s an old zen saying;
Everyone should sit in meditation for 20 minutes everyday, unless you’re really busy, then sit for an hour.
Hell, if I meditate for 5 minutes – that’s a win. Some days I’ll meditate for over an hour and that’s cool too. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just needs to get done. Same thing with prayer, you may feel as if your prayers weren’t that good for the situations you’re facing, but you got them done!
Pick one area of life and do the best you can with what you have. Practice Sheryl Sandberg advice and just get it done. Don’t worry about it being perfect because it never will be. The only way to get better at anything is to just do it and get it done. This quote workbook series will help!