You are only setting yourself up for defeat. Who am I to tell you this? Well, I am an ex-perfectionist. I used to strive for perfection in most things. Now, I have given up on perfection. It’s probably the only model that you can never attain! When is something perfect? There is always room for improvements. It can always be better, faster, safer, cheaper, etc.
Who decides when it is perfect? By the way, most customers don’t appreciate it , when your goal is perfection. They simply don’t believe you and think that your price will be overrated. Also managing your expectations incorrectly can result in clients’ frustration or even in loosing them. Why? Everyone might have different ideas about perfection. Or it might be unattainable. Maybe they are satisfied with the current level of quality and don’t want to wait for you to get it perfect. Is a 8/10 enough for them, why waste more money and time on making it a 10/10?
A simple example that I used to tell is this one: A customer asks me if I can build him a bicycle. And of course, we can. So they sign an order form and we start designing his bicycle. Being creative, I invent several extras, that make the bike even greater. For some, the customer agrees to pay more, for others not, but I’ll include them anyway. Customer Satifaction! Then the customers starts to change his mind and instead of a bicycle he wants a motorcycle. And my team adds several items to this as well. By the time we deliver the project, we have build a car, in some cases even a spaceship 🙂 The customer is thrilled, because he can go anywhere and only paid for a advanced bicycle. I am supersatisfied with the result, because we have a very satisfied customer and an unseen result. People start to talk about it and we attract more customers. Yet, something is wrong. We over-delivered and did not get enough funds in return. On top of that, the customer would have settled and be almost equally satisfied with his motorcycle. Finally, new customers also want a spaceship for the same price and extra wishes and improvements. How are we going to achieve this?
Do you recognize this situation?
So, I stopped at striving for perfection. I have given up on the perfection model. If customers ask me for an 8/10 and are paying me for it, I’ll probably still deliver a 9/10, but no way I’d be going for that 10/10! By the way, do you realize how much effort it takes to go from a 9/10 to a perfect 10? Right! Not worth it! Invest that time in other stuff. Create more or take some time off with your friends and family 🙂
Have a perfect day,
Lifehacker & Life Coach