One of the beauties of today’s workplace is that we can just get in the game and then refine our business as we go. The unfinished and imperfect business, book, website, house, job, garden, or fashion design is a starting point. Releasing a trial version can be an act of transparency – and an invitation to customers and friends to help complete and improve it.
When Joanne and I purchased our current house we had made a list of all the things that would come with a perfect home. What we found had about 90% of what we were looking for. In the 11 years we’ve been here we’ve had the pleasure of changing and adding things we didn’t even have on the original list – and we love what it is becoming. One thing we wanted that was missing was a nearby stream or lake. Over 10 years we dreamed and planned for how we could add a water feature – so we were able to create exactly what we wanted – not just accept what was already here.
|“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” — Mark Victor Hansen|
|Think about Wikipedia, TripAdvisor, Yelp and many other online services. They are changed and improved every day by the people who use the services. They require the interaction of their customers to make it anything of value.
We launched 48Days.net having very little knowledge of how social networking sites were going to work. But we asked the members and have allowed them to suggest improvements. Opening the Chat feature, requiring an application to become a member, tolerating opposing views, developing a 48Days app, having video tutorials, and having an Advisory Team all came from member suggestions. Once the fear of imperfection is removed, experimentation, innovation and improvements can flourish.
If you’re working on something important you should recognize that it’s never finished – it can always be improved. And that’s a good thing. Don’t wait until it’s perfect to jump in the game.