It’s not that the desire to be perfect is bad. It’s that we often pursue perfection in the least efficient way.
In our effort to hide our blemished selves and flawed work from the world, we insulate ourselves from the very kind of feedback that moves us closer towards excellence.
If you really want to be perfect, then the last thing on earth you should do is keep your creative ideas inside your head.
There’s only so much insight that can come through conceptual analysis. The furthest boundaries of your potential can’t be reached until you express your ideas in a context where the incentives matter.
When the costs and benefits are real, the progress is rapid.