Just consistently produce – countering perfectionism

perfectionism paralyses. Just keep working

Take either your favorite band of all time or your favorite sports player. Look at their careers. Were they always perfect?

I’m strongly guessing “hell no!”

Robert Rodriguez once said that everyone has six bad movies in them and you just have to get them out. Tom Brady won five Super Bowls but also lost three. I think any NFL quarterback would love that problem.

The problem with perfectionism

Yes, it’s obvious I wrote this post for perfectionists. A perfectionist will stew over and over at his work and never release it. Just get the fucking thing out there already.

My favorite band of all time is Judas Priest. Now, you may not know their catalog so replace these next sentences with your favorite band and their catalog.

Rocka Rolla was mostly bad. Sad Wings of Destiny was mostly good. Sin After Sin is one of the most historically significant Metal albums ever produced.

Stained Class had some good songs and a lot of filler. I loved Hell Bent for Leather, despite half of it being filler. (I just skip those songs).

British Steel was their breakout album. The world would rather forget Point of Entry was ever made. Screaming for Vengeance is the greatest album ever. Defenders of the Faith is a close second.

Turbo and Ram it Down were so forgettable that their careers took a nose dive. Painkiller is the greatest comeback album ever.

I’ll stop there, but you get my point. Once again, replace those examples with either your own favorite band or your favorite sports star. Did they make mistakes?

Beethoven

Beethoven is Beethoven. We’ll know Beethoven until the human race dies out. Hell, if the aliens take us over and wipe us out, their kids will study Beethoven.

Beethoven’s 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 8th were forgettable.

You’ll see or hear my mistakes

Don’t get me wrong. I hate making mistakes as much as the next guy. But, they don’t paralyze me. I keep going.

I’ve kept mistakes in my guitar solos on the record. Randy (the Producer) and I will make a decision. If it’s passionate and moving enough, we’ll keep that take, even if it contains a mistake or two.

Mistakes are part of being human. You’ll make plenty of them. Keep going. And if possible, learn from them and improve on them.

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Roman is an artist, composer, writer, and travel junkie.

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