The One Thing Facebook Gave Me Which Made A Real, Positive Difference
I am not really a Facebook user. I have a Possums Facebook page, and appreciate its role, but have yet to be convinced I need it more pervasively in my life. That was until I learnt this one fact about Facebook. It has changed me, and I use it every day. It is absolutely brilliant. Here it is, and here’s why.
I am a very private person (Possums is the exception and is about sharing, learning, and keeping ‘current’). I don’t enjoy others knowing about what I or my family are doing. I love my friends and extended family- but don’t have any need to regularly know too much about their daily lives either. If they need help- I am there. If we’re together, I am keenly present and enthused. But apart from that, I don’t need the regular communication or connection (apart from with my Mum of course).
So I have never really ‘got’ Facebook – for me. I ‘get’ why others embrace it, and respect that, but it leaves me cold. That was, until I learnt this one fact about Facebook. Now I use it every day.
Not Facebook- I still don’t get it or need it (Possums aside). But what I learnt from Facebook was this: on the wall at Facebook’s head office in the US is a quote, and it is this quote I love, and use every day. Here it is:
“Done is better than perfect.”
It’s as simple as that. Get stuff ‘done’, and move on.
Now- many colleagues who I respect deeply have vigorously disagreed with me over the years on this concept. They take the view: “Don’t let ‘good’ be the enemy of the great.” In other words, go the extra yard and make sure anything you do is as good as you can do it. I get that.
But in the incredibly busy and pressured lives we lead, I often adopt the mantra that has helped me keep highly productive, making progress and moving forward. And that mantra is:
“Don’t let the search for perfection be the enemy of the good.”
Sometimes you have to say: “Enough already- wrap it up, move on.” Whether an email you’re writing, an article you’re editing, a change you’re trying to drive through…. whatever. It is easy to get stuck on something, fine-tuning and striving for perfection.
The fact is, to make a real difference in most of what we need to do, ‘done is better than perfect.’
Have the courage to do it. It makes a big difference to your output and effectiveness.
I was in Singapore recently visiting SingTel’s innovation incubator investment business, SingTel Innov8. On its reception window was a quote from the great ‘pirate’ US General George S. Patton.