Dilemma: Is it better to be a perfectionist or an experimentalist?
Parents and teachers at school taught us ready recipes and algorithms to do things done. This philosophy of making a move only when you hold a key to the essence of the solution is called “perfectionism”. In reality, it paralyzes us and takes away a determination to go ahead when there is no idea of a clear approach to create the intended result.
In fact, the best (or only) way to learn things is to jump in and try. At the beginning, you may be in over your head, but there is no faster way to learn what works. Constant experimentation is the only way we identify what will actually produce the desired result.
We learn the most from what does not go well. We make thousands of mistakes over the course of our career or when developing a business, and that’s perfectly ok. As failures are temporary – what we learn in the process helps us move forward.
Experimentation is the essence of living a satisfying, productive and fulfilling life. The more we experiment, the more we learn, and the more we’ll achieve.
— Marina Belskikh, founder of International Business Development Alliance