Be Good Enough

I have had a real struggle with perfectionism for many years, especially when it came to the previous versions of this website, and the many different podcasts I have done over the years.  Here's the vicious circle I go through:  I have what I think is a stellar idea, and I set about making it happen.  I get really enthusiastic about it, and I manage to get 10 or 12 (or in a few cases, almost 100 episodes or posts about it.  I'm convinced that this will be the magical thing that gets attention.  

Then it doesn't, and I get discouraged, and I go back to the drawing board.  Rinse, lather, repeat. 

That process by itself is not the problem.  The problem has been setting fire to the bad results, trashing everything, and starting over again from point zero as if the previous experiment never existed.  I believed that bad results made my chances of ever getting the podcast or this website noticed worse.  In fact, the opposite is true.

Had I stayed the course, and kept everything up--warts and all--I would have an over 10 year story to share with you.  A story of how I started, how the first things I did on the internet compare to what I am capable of now.  A story of how I found my voice, and a story of how my voice drew a tribe of fans to this site.  While it's true that I have a core group of people who believe in what I do, there's no denying that having a 10 year wealth of searchable, consumable, consistent content would have me farther along the path of happy piracy than I am.  

So, knowing that, I want you to use me as THE bad example on your journey.  Understand this:  When you start, you are going to suck.  Count on that,  DO not get discouraged.  Know that as you continue, you will find that voice.  It's the voice that will help you find your tribe, even though you may be saying the same thing as plenty of other people.  It's going to be the value you bring to them that they aren't finding anywhere else.  I know it's hard for the perfectionist mind to believe, but people will forgive the process if they love what you're bringing to the table.  People, as well as the internet love content and consistency.  So give them both those things, and make it easy to find.   

Also, remember that you don't need everyone.  You're not a broadcaster.  

You're a new kind of teacher, and your subject is highly specialized.  

You don't even have to be perfect.  Of course, no one is, but no one--including you--should expect to be even good at the start.   You'll get the to the point where you become good, and in this world of thousands of teachers, good is way above average.  

It's good enough. 

 

Kris Roley

Virginia Beach, VA, 23453