Sounds good, doesn’t it? And if you’re one of those people who’s constantly having “open mouth, insert foot” moments, you need this advice.
But if you’re one of those people* who uses those words of wisdom as an excuse to wait just a while longer for the perfect idea, stay quiet until you know just the right thing to say, or tirelessly revise projects that don’t really need it… STOP. And just ship something.
*Full disclosure: I’m one, too.
Odds are, you know which camp you’re in. But in case you’re not sure, here’s a quiz. If any of these behaviors sound remotely like you, start shipping a little more often and thinking a little less.
You’re a job seeker with a fear of shipping if you have:
- Agonized (for more than 30 seconds) whether “best regards” or simply “best” is more appropriate
- Rewritten the third bullet point of the fifth job description on your resume five times, and you’re debating a sixth round
- Spent an hour fussing with an information interview request only to give up because you can’t get it quite perfect, and you’re sure you’ll sound like an idiot
- Gone into interviews so over-prepared that you couldn’t deviate from your script enough to be effective
If that sounds like you, I can help. As a recovering perfectionist, I understand where you are and what’s holding you back. Just get in touch, and we can put together a plan to have you shipping like a pro in no time.