The Perfection of Imperfect Ideas

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My last email had a line that resonated with a lot of you.

"Rapid implementation of imperfect ideas."

This concept more than any other has the power to change your life.

I know because it did mine.

It touches on two issues that cripple many people:

1. Getting stuff done, fast.

2. Understanding things don't have to be perfect to get started.

Today I wanna chat about #2 -- perfectionism.

Tomorrow we'll get to rapid implementation.

When I was running Devil Website Development I had a big secret --
I didn't want to develop websites. And I sure as hell didn't want to be
a consultant.

I was just biding my time.

Waiting for my BIG perfect idea to come.

Software was where I was gonna make my fortune.

Spent most of my time reading, researching, and thinking.

Waiting for the perfect idea.

Don't get me wrong, I had plenty of ideas along the way -- like a
HTML editor that would make it easy to create web pages. Had
a working prototype and everything.

(This was 5 years before WordPress came out. And Sausage
Software's "Hotdog" HTML editor was the 3rd most popular program
on the Internet. In it's hey-day their website had 250,000 people a
day visiting. Yeah, I was setting my sites high.)

But none of the ideas were perfect.

Least of all the HTML editor.

And the more I thought, the more problems I found...

Conflicting advice. Reasons why it would fail. Competitors who got
the jump on me... always one step ahead, and me always just
missing the boat.

And because none of my ideas was perfect -- never fully worked
out in my head -- I never acted.


Soon enough I'd given up on that idea and was on to another.

And I never made a cent in the software business.

(I heard the guy who started Hotdog later sold out for $51 million.
And a copycat startup released about the same time that I had my
idea now has over 54 million users. Always makes me wonder...
what if I had just run with it?)

Fast forward a couple of years later and I get a mentor.

He was a "Ready, Fire, Aim" kinda guy.

He forced me to take action on ideas I'd barely wrapped my head
around. I was waaay outside my comfort zone. It was scary.
Frankly I was a little embarrassed at some of the things I was
putting into the market.

And in 2 months I made $12,000.

I learned a bunch of important lessons:

-There's plenty of time to Aim once you Fire.
-Nothing will ever be perfect so let the market decide.
-Doing anything is better than doing nothing.
-You will always be your harshest critic.
-It's never too late to get started.
-And, perhaps most important of all...

Perfectionism isn't the problem -- it's a symptom.

We're all scared. Of failure. Of success. Of being judged.

Making a mistake and getting kicked off the island.

So we do whatever we can to delay. Because if you never "finish"
then you can never fail, right? As long as you're planning and
strategising then nothing is final and you can't be wrong.

You'll just never get what you really want.

Implement your imperfect ideas and perfect them along the way.

And if you need a mentor to help out, I've added an option to our
Consulting Tycoon program that might be right for you:

Talk soon