When "Good Enough" is Good Enough

“Perfect is the enemy of the good (enough*).” - English and French sentiment originating around 1600.

* added by the author of this blog post.


Humans have long considered the idea that not stopping until something is “perfect” may actually impede the ability to get work done; even the assumption that a perfect solution exists has been questioned.


Surprised? It does seem to go against popular contemporary ideas which exhort us to “try our hardest” and “never give up.” Yet these motivational ideas may apply more to the fields of sports, medicine, mathematics, science, and art, in which precision in the field or lab may make or break a career or save a life. For those of us who work as knowledge workers with individual and/or team responsibilities, the truth is less exacting.


The downside of striving for perfection