I’ll be the first to admit, not everything that I write is great (or even good), but that doesn’t stop me from writing and it shouldn’t stop you from doing your thing either. This blog is about how the thought of perfection can paralyze us from moving forward and why action is important even if it’s far from perfect. I hope that this blog is one of the good ones, but I guess that’ll be up to you (and it doesn’t matter to me).

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I began to fall in love with writing in late 2016 because it was one of the few ways that I could cope with difficult things that I was feeling inside. One year after regular writing become part of my life, I decided to share it with the world and publish my first ever blog. In response to the overwhelming support that I received from the first blog, I continued to write and with it, my desire to write continued to grow. Fast forward to today and the blog is four years old with over 123,000 visits from around the world (that blows my mind). The most important insight that I’ve learned from writing is that not every blog is good, but that’s no reason not to write them.

Writing is for me first and if I ever lose that, I’ve lost.

The past four years of writing have shown me time and time again that all writing is important writing (even the blogs that will never leave the “private writing” folder on my computer) and that the value of my writing doesn’t depend on what anybody else thinks about it. I’ve come to realize that for me, writing is a process of self-exploration and a path toward self-improvement – it’s an intrinsic process that can easily be derailed if I focused too heavily on extrinsic feedback.

“An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.“

Arnold Glasow

You might not like to write but this blog is not about writing. Instead, it’s about taking action toward the things that help you become the person that you want to; it’s about pursuing your process even if the thought of perfection scares you.

Imperfect action is better than perfect inaction.

I’m here to tell you that action produces clarity and that none of us are above criticism. However, it’s not the critic who counts (read the best quote ever at the end of this blog), it’s the man in the arena. Nothing is ever going to be perfect but the path toward perfection creates opportunities for growth. Despite uncertain outcomes, we need to make efforts to move in the direction that we want to go or else we will never have a chance at getting there. Growth happens by choice, not by chance and the minute that we let outside opinions stop us from choosing growth, we’re done for.

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We all have to start somewhere and as it’s been said, repetition is the mother of all skill. You might have thought this blog was great and it’s also very possible that you didn’t like it at all. In either scenario, I appreciate you reading and it doesn’t matter so much to me. This blog is just me beating on my craft, getting another repetition and taking another step toward where I want to be. Let me leave you with a quote to sum it all up and to make you think.

“At its root, perfectionism isn’t really about a deep love of being meticulous. It’s about fear. Fear of making a mistake. Fear of disappointing others. Fear of failure. Fear of success.” 

Michael Law

Go beat on your craft.

Joe Rinaldi

IG: @joearinaldi

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