When Perfection is the Enemy of “Good Enough”

Over the last week, I’ve listened to several thought-provoking podcasts from some of my favorite podcasters.  As I considered what they’d said, I decided to weave some of their wisdom into my current life path, and I realized something.  I am guilty of allowing perfection to get in the way of “good enough”, and there’s absolutely no reason for it!

In Episode 2341 of The Survival Podcast, expert council member Nicole Sauce talked about finding your passion and making a living doing something you love.  She used her own journey to illustrate her point.  In short, she talked about a blog she’d done that she thought would be a great side hustle, but when she sat down and actually thought about it, she realized that doing the blog meant that she had to do some things she dreaded.

As she elaborated, I felt like she was talking to me directly.  She used an example from her past — a cooking blog — and she shared insights from that project.  In doing that, she helped me to realize something critical that I’d missed in my attempts to do something great with my blog.  I love writing.  I love teaching.  I love sharing.  I HATE worrying about images and visual appeal though, and that fact has been keeping me from publishing consistent content to get my “1000 true fans”.

If you stop and think about it, dreading the visual aspects of blog publishing makes sense.  I’m blind, so that stuff means nothing to me.  The thing was though, I spent entirely too much time worrying about the needs of sighted folks instead of just publishing content and building a fan base.  And after discussing it on Zello with my friends, I realized that I was just being silly.  Pictures of my recipes or photos of my homestead projects were holding me back from producing content, thus perfection was getting in the way of “good enough”.

So here’s what I’ve decided.  I’m going to keep writing and sharing.  If you all want to know what a given recipe looks like, make it and find out.  If you want to see pictures of what I’m doing here on the homestead, reach out and I’ll see what I can do although I make no promises.  I’m not worried about my images looking like they were taken by a professional, but if I don’t have help, I do worry about whether or not the intended subject actually appears in the image.  That’s a legitimate concern for a blind lady who just wants to write, right?

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