Kenny’s Tip of the Day - Done Is Better Than Perfect!!!
As most of us tend to be in this profession, I am a self aware perfectionist. It’s both a blessing and a curse. It allows me to work tediously for many many hours to get things done but it also forces me to toil for many many hours trying to make things perfect.
And as, hopefully, many of you realize, there’s no such thing as perfect. Or perfection. But what does exist is many great potential songs or productions that are simply never finished. Never put out into the world and never realized for what they are. Or what they could have been.
Greatness is not perfect. Yes. You always want to put your “best” foot forward but you also need to put “a” foot forward before you expect to get anywhere. I’ve always been a fan of the phrase “Fail Forward Fast”. Fast being the most important word in that thought. You need to fail to get better.
Behind every great song, was one hundred other mediocre ones. And you have to finish all of them to move on and get better. If you have 5 or 6 songs sitting in your drawer or on your hard drive unfinished, then you’ve accomplished nothing. You haven't even entered the starting gate.
Great songs tend to finish themselves. So if you’re struggling with something, maybe the best thing to do is just label it finished. Done. Move on. Create something else.
But don’t forget to mark this one “done”. Get feedback. Share it with everyone who will listen. And remember. Done is much better than perfect.
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I hope this message finds you well. Kenny Gioia