‘It’s better for something to be finished than perfect’

IStock 000018620194SmallWorking for yourself can be stressful at times, it can also be exciting, invigorating and down right fulfilling. Since I left the Corporate world six years ago to adopt our children it’s been a roller coaster of emotions with varying degrees of success along the way. One thing I have noticed many times is that it’s very easy to focus on getting things absolutely how you want them and in doing that you end up not getting anything finished at all!

Three years ago I embarked on taking my business into the area I am passionate about – adoption. I had toyed with the idea of niching my coaching business but was frightened of the jump to niching – feeling that I may narrow my client list too much and that no-one would want the services I had to offer. The reality has been much further from that. I’ve been amazed at the way my business has taken off these last few years as a result. The main reason for that is that I have actually got things out of my head, onto paper and into the world. Training schools in working with vulnerable children has been the best thing I think I’ve ever done. The most fulfilling, not the most perfect in lots of ways but if I’d not taken this step then hundreds of vulnerable children would not have been helped.

It all sounds a bit grandiose as I read it back but I really do believe that we all have a message that needs to be out in the world. The more you ponder over whether it’s what the world wants, whether you are the right person to give it and whether it is the perfect way to deliver it the less likely it is to get out there – if you keep it to yourself you will never get the message out and the impact of that could be great.

I’m sure many of the great people throughout history who have made a huge impact on the world worried whether their work was perfect. That’s not the point. The point is that we all have a gift, experiences and skills that are not perfect but they have great value to others. We are not finished yet also. We are growing every day – we are not perfect and never will be but I’m encouraged that I am not finished yet – but what I do have, however imperfect it is, I will make sure it gets out there so that others might benefit. After all it’s better for something to be finished than perfect.

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