Not Good Enough

I’m a perfectionist. I know a lot of people testify this about themselves. But I truly am.

Nowadays, there seems to be a trend of “good enough”. It stems from a sensible idea that the final 20% of the work will add marginal value (not to be confused with the 80/20 rule). I get that. It’s usually true.

The problem is, it’s a slippery slope. Once you start loosening your standards, they tend to dissipate. How do you measure a quality of 80%? How do you know you’ve reached “good enough”?

It seems in most cases we all err on the side of less than enough. This is what I’m not comfortable with. So I try to aim above “good enough”. I’d rather spend a little more time than absolutely necessary than a bit less.

I firmly believe mediocrity is the enemy. This is what leads to disasters where people lose their lives. It’s no joke. OK, it also means my banking app isn’t as great as it could be.

Let’s ditch the “good enough” attitude. Let’s aim higher. We can do better.

Published by eranboudjnah

A software consultant and tech lead. Passionate about optimizing as many aspects of my life as possible, to free time for what really matters.

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