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Being A Perfectionist Might Be Stopping You From Achieving More In Life

I have a brother who loves photography. He takes good photos, but for some reason, he does not post them online. When I ask him the reason for not posting, he says that they are not good enough. For me, his photos are worth posting online. I do not understand what’s stopping him from showing his work.

Why Showing Your Work is Important

I recently read a book called “Show Your Work” by Austin Kleon. The book had a big impact on the work that I do. The author says that you don’t have to be a genius to succeed. Instead, it would be best if you focused on making contributions.

“Show Your Work” by Austin Kleon

Quantity Over Quality

In creative work, your job is to create. Especially when you are starting, focus on creating more and more valuable work. Do not focus on the outcome. If you start counting your views, earnings, and engagements, you will never be able to create good work. You cannot have a big audience from the very beginning. Ask any successful blogger, YouTuber, or artist. All of their views, subscriptions and earnings are the outcome of hard work and consistency.

Why is Quantity Important?

  • You will learn better. Who do you think can write good articles — someone who has written 10 articles or someone who has written 100 articles?
  • You will know what you are doing right and what you are doing wrong. When you share your work, people are going to react to it. Watch their reactions and listen to their feedback. It is going to help you improve your work.
  • More people will recognize your work. You will be able to reach more people by creating more work. Your views, likes, subscriptions, engagements, and earnings will grow.
  • There will be more opportunities for you. More reach equals more opportunities. You can even find your dream job by showing your work. As Austin says in his book,

Learning

Learning is a major part of creating and sharing your work. When I started my blog, I honestly had zero knowledge about writing articles. My grammar was not good, and I did not know how to structure my articles. But that did not stop me from writing and creating more content online.

Failure and Success

Success means different for all of us. But we all know one thing — success is the result of hard work. It happens when you are consistent with what you do. We also know that failure is a part of success. When you fail, you have two options — try again or quit. If you choose the first option, you learn something from failure and try again. This cycle repeats until you succeed or quit forever.

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