A few months ago at the Maker’s Summit, Stephen Fraser spoke about the success of his company, Spoonflower. His story is so inspirational because he took a unique idea, poured his efforts, time, money, and passion into it, and has grown this idea into a fully developed, widely known company, printing custom-designed fabric for customers all over the world.
Stephen said something in his story that really surprised me. He said early on in the formation of Spoonflower he had to learn that there was such a thing as “good enough.” Wait, what? No. Really? Isn’t the point of having a specialty, custom, hand-crafted small business to make everything perfect? Shouldn’t all products eventually be drenched in gold, and every idea completely planned out to perfection?
It seems so strange to say this, but no! If your concept is good, your ideas are well though out, you’ve done your due-diligence on the topic, and you are inspired and passionate, then DO IT.
I’ve been dragging my feet on a few projects, trying to think of the very best way to go about them. But really, I am just over-thinking designs, re-writing, re-thinking, re-reading, re-designing… My intention is good, I want everything I do to be the very best it can be, but while I sit over here, muddling around “perfecting” things, nothing is actually happening.
It’s so normal to want to nurture a pet project until it’s “perfect”. I get it. I’m the queen of this, actually. And making well informed choices and adding a bit of TLC is crucial (don’t get me wrong!) But at some point you just have to decide that it is (or that you are) ready and just DO IT.
This isn’t always easy, so let’s do this together. There is always strength and support in numbers. Pick one or two things that you really need to do (big or small), but haven’t for whatever reason.
What are you going to do this week? What do you need to finish? Can I help you in any way?
Often just giving yourself a deadline and saying it “out loud” to someone is all you really need.
Comment with a little bit of your story and give yourself a task/due date.
My task: send lookbooks and wholesale packages to 10 boutique buyers that have no clue who I am or what I do (and hopefully, they’ll catch on and fall head-over-heals in love…) I’d love to get these in the mail on Friday!
Have a beautiful, productive week!