How much time do you spend preparing to get ready to begin a project? How long does it take you to shoot new headshots, create a demo reel, or execute a mailing?
My guess is that you spend more time thinking about these projects than you actually spend doing them.
I believe a key element to success is decisiveness. You must be willing to take action if you want results. It’s not what you do, but that you do that really matters. Perhaps it’s time to stop thinking, planning, and preparing and start practicing imperfection so you can finally get things going.
A couple of months ago, I got an email from a complete stranger who found my website. Her note said something like this:
“Dallas congratulations on the great work you are doing! I think your site is valuable and it contains a few typos. I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve taken the liberty to correct them for you. Attached is a copy of my corrections.”
Upon opening the attachment, I was shocked and a little embarrassed to see that the document was six pages long. Six whole pages. Yes, of typos.
I’m not going to lie. I had about 30 minutes of being mad at this stranger. Who does she think she is, anyhow?
But then I realized something. Wow, if I had waited until I had a typo-free website, I still wouldn’t have a website up. I’d be stuck in the cycle of preparing to get ready to begin the site. Now I have a typo-free website thanks to this kind stranger. But the only way I got to a typo-free website was to first have typos.
If you want to produce results in your career, you must be willing to make mistakes, try something new, and just put yourself out there.
In order to get great headshots, you must first take some headshots. Good or bad, you can’t get to great without taking the first step. That’s how you learn; that’s how you grow. The more willing you are to have crappy headshots, the more quickly you will arrive at really great pictures because you’re taking action.
The same is true with a demo reel, your website, and every other element of your marketing. The first step to greatness is not-so-greatness.
You may have noticed that the last newsletter you received from me contained 3 typos in the first two lines. I’m sure this one has it’s fair share as well. I know… pretty impressive.
Sure, I’ve learned the hard way to be a little more careful before sending these biweekly articles out.
But I have to tell you that there’s a part of me that feels a little proud of the typos. I used to spend so much time preparing to get ready to begin, that I wasn’t actually doing a thing. I was stuck. I was so afraid of making mistakes that I took no action. And nobody knew who I was.
It’s true for you. The more you can fall in love with the learning process, fall in love with your dumb little mistakes, with your crappy headshots, and with your imperfect demo reel, the more quickly you will arrive at where it is you really want to be.
Don’t get it perfect, just get it going.
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