Perfection in Craft Doesn’t Come from Thinking But it comes by doing it
How many times has it happened that we thought of doing something but we ended up doing nothing? More than we can imagine, right? So, it is simple that perfection in craft doesn’t come from thinking but it comes by doing it. Some of us crave perfection more than the success of the act. There could be a lot of factors why some humans seek perfection. Some factors such as – to compensate for the sense of inadequacy that was either compelled in our head by family, society, or us, to stand out in the crowd, for individual identity and more.
Striving for perfection is not such a bad thing but not a good thing either. As they say, an abundance of anything is not good for us, be it perfection or thoughts. Perfectionists tend to overthink; yes, indeed, no art is ever complete, we can always do better which concludes that no matter what changes you bring, there will be something that we can always add on to make it prettier but that does not necessarily mean that what we have done before is not good at all. What is wrong is that to keep building up ideas after ideas inside the brain or just going by the expression like ‘you know, if I add this…’, ‘I should have done that to make it better, and so on and end up doing nothing. Only practicing things or the act will bring perfection not just the thought or vision of making something that would make the art perfect.
Most of the people we see around us have a lot of words and things to justify that if they were to do this they would have been more successful or they just clung onto certain aspects that they were good at and boast about it – it is nothing but the act of concealing their repentance of not living up to their past expectations and doing nothing even after having the opportunity or the ability.
If we take examples of a kid studying in the fifth standard who loves to play and spend time watching TV, who has the confidence that even if I don’t study for a convenient amount of time I can still pass. But the moment he will see that his friends have scored a better mark, he will judge his actions and realize ‘if’ he had studied for a convenient amount of time and spent time practicing mathematical problems rather than watching TV; he would have done an equal or better job than his friends. Before starting a business, each businessperson has a vision of the potential of the company – investors, investments, branches in different states, countries, and more. But at least 80% of businessperson spends more time thinking about the future rather than working on it. And, as result, they reach success much later in life and sometimes never.
If we take our life as an example that would be more appropriate because this is where we take more risks and perform the most experiments. How many times has a student thought that science is better than arts and failed a class? How many times does a guy think engineering is a better option than studying literature because the salary is more? And how many times has a woman thought studying medicine is better than being a teacher because that is what their parents want? A LOT of times!
What if, we start doing what we are good at, rather than taking risks on the possibility of what we can do? What if we thrive on doing things rather than pondering about them? Think less act more, because perfection in craft doesn’t come from thinking but it comes by doing it.