It’s Good Enough
Filed under Do What You Love Tips by Frederic Patenaude
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It’s Good Enough
One of the biggest mistakes I see people make when getting started with building an online business is taking too long to get things set up.
I see it all the time.
A friend of mine took 9 months to write an eBook, and it’s still not done! He’s getting quite frustrated with the entire project and is thinking about giving up.
Another has been working on her “logo” for her website for over a year. The website is not up, and nothing is happening.
Another friend makes a living with live events and is aching to move everything online, but still can’t get to doing it as daily to do items keep piling up.
Guys, stop taking so long to get things done!
There are 24 hours in a day. Everybody gets the same number. Yet, some people are so much more productive than others.
One issue has to do with your expectations and trying to be perfect.
Yet, the only way to grow is to do something and learn from your mistakes. I’d much rather see you put together an ugly little website that’ll make you laugh a couple of years from today – and do it fast — rather than spend all your time launching the “perfect” website right from the start.
If you’ve been working on your eBook for so long and can’t seem to get it finished, why not just force yourself to finish it in 2-3 hours? Whatever comes out comes out. Just put it out there! It’s never going to be perfect anyway.
If you’ve been waiting for months for your editor to finish editing it, then why not spend an hour with the spellchecker and release it, “as is”. Remember, it’s an eBook! You can always go back and make changes. Your mistakes are not going to be immortalized on paper.
If you can’t get yourself to write an eBook, then buy a stupid little digital recorder at BestBuy for less than $40, and get your best friends to ask you the top 10, most important questions you get asked all the time about your topic! Then burn this “interview” as it is on a CD and upload it to www.kunaki.com to create a CD product in a flash. Better yet, sell the MP3 download!
If you can’t get your website done, then fire your graphic designers and launch an ugly little WordPress blog that look like millions of other ones, but be committed to write good stuff in it regularly. Remember, it’s not the design that matters, it’s content!
One of my good friends, Oliver, has a website in French about energy medicine. He makes a full-time living with it. Here’s the link: http://www.energiesante.com/
Go! Knock yourself out and check it out, and realize that this little, ugly, stupid opt-in page with no content has built his mailing list and that’s all he needs to make a living.
And his emails don’t look that great either. Just plain text. No blog, no fancy graphics. His “articles” are just a couple paragraphs of content, once a week, loaded with ads for his products.
His products are not that great looking. You could call them “home-made” at best. But the information is great, and that’s what matters.
If you can’t find a good idea for a website or a product, why don’t you simply do *exactly* what everybody else is doing, but just find a way to make it a little bit better? Isn’t that what everybody is after?
When I’m looking for information on a topic, I don’t need it to by mind-blowingly different and original. I just need it to be good and interesting. I need it to answer my concerns, and solve my problems.
What’s most important about an online business is consistency, and good information.
Graphic design doesn’t matter as much as people think. It’s more of a refinement to give you more credibility once you’ve established yourself in other ways.
Don’t keep trying to make it perfect. Stop getting lost in so many different avenues. Just stick with a plan, and keep it simple.
And for those of you who are overly perfectionist, but never get anything done, I dare you to do something different. Try repeating these words “It’s good enough.”
Just say it and see what happens… “It’s good enough.”
These few words can change your life when it comes to getting started with your online business.
I’m not advocating mediocrity. But remember that you can only improve on the things you ACTUALLY put out. I’d much rather see you put out an imperfect but decent product quickly than a perfect product… never!
Don’t pull your hair over getting the perfect logo for your new website. Just say the words “it’s good enough” and move on! Get it out there! Make it happen! Then you can improve on it, when it’s actually worth it to spend a little time to make things prettier.
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Yours for health and success,
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