“Just right”

Most people who describe themselves as perfectionists are often just scared. They don’t want to start doing something they know they should be doing, because “they want to get it just right” the first time. Almost nobody who is anybody gets it right the first time. We used to only see the latest work from a master, from someone who has made it in their field. We rarely see what some great painter’s first attempts at painting looked like or what some composer’s music was at fifteen.  Until now.

The great thing about the Internet is that it goes waaaaay back. Way way way back. While your first website might be gone, social media that has survived (Instagram, YouTube, Facebook) has kept a record of your life and work for years. This fall, my Facebook account will be 10 years old. I didn’t start using Instagram until 2014, but comparing my photos from then and now, the difference is like night and day.

Here’s an exercise: go on YouTube and look through your subscriptions. Find the biggest names (or the most important) and go to their “Videos” page. Sort by “Date added (oldest)”. Provided they haven’t removed their old videos, they’re bound to suck. Here’s the first video from 22 million subscriber channel “Smosh”.

Don’t be a perfectionist. Start today. Document your journey.