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When Perfection is Achieved

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Many times people feel as if they are lacking something in order to start a new business, plan a new adventure, launch a new product, try a new approach. That’s rarely the case. One of the greatest threats to launching new ideas is quite simply more ideas. Any unruly child can grab a tin of paint and chuck it at a wall until it’s filled with an ungodly cacophony of pastels. But it takes a true artist to eliminate the unnecessary elements in order to find it, the art hiding underneath the excess. The painstaking work is in elimination, not in addition. Look at the iPhone. Then look at every other phone. It has only the elements necessary to be remarkable and nothing more. It’s perfection by elimination. Seth Godin says it best, “A woodpecker can tap twenty times on a thousand trees and get nowhere, but stay busy. Or he can tap twenty-thousand times on one tree and get dinner.”

You’ve got ideas. Lots of them. Maybe you’ve been allowing your ideas to strangle each other to death. You try and work on so many things at once, that you never actually launch anything. Believe me, I’ve been there. “Working” on a hundred ideas while never launching any was my quiet way of hedging bets so that I never had to amass the courage to expose my art and myself to the world. I did it for quite a while. No need for you to do the same.


From Louisville

Your Fellow Misfit,



Written from: a hotel room in Louisville, KY.

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