The desire for perfection is real, but most of the time it is best to get our rough ideas and work out there so that those that will benefit have access to it AND provide the feedback and support that can propel us into further improvements and growth.
Episode 7 Show Notes
- Seth Godin – http://www.sethgodin.com
- Tom Peters – https://tompeters.com/
- Brooke Castillo – https://thelifecoachschool.com/
- Nudge Village (community of nudgers) – https://www.facebook.com/groups/nudgevillage/
Episode 7 Script
This is Rebecca Clark. Episode seven Shipping B Minus work This’ll Podcast is for anyone that knows they haven’t yet found offered up their best work but are compelled to seek it out and do it. Are you ready to move your guests? Have you ever written a really long email and then it gets lost or you’ve recorded a video and have some stray noise in the middle of it or, like me, recorded this podcast, and now I can’t get it to work, and so I am re recording it. There’s a purpose for all of these mistakes, but it can be painful. However, I think it was supposed to happen to me on this particular episode so I could share a few thoughts. I’m gonna go back in time for 10 years first, where I worked in a basement cube farm as a production manager, creating online learning products. You know, those self paced training products that you hit the next on back but non, and you may or may not read what is on the page. Often you would read it if it’s something you’re highly interested in. But if it’s one of those compliance training’s you hurry and hit next and get through and hopefully pass the test and hopefully it was a past with 75% or more. Otherwise, that pesky 100% requirement would require some reading. I know some of you have been there, I certainly have. But in that cube farm I sat next to a couple of other production managers and we were very busy all the time and it was very hard to break away and go to different conferences. But this particular year I decided I wanted to go to a human capital conference and it was an amazing conference and it was going to be in Tucson, Arizona. I got approval to go. I went and I had a wonderful time and was greatly inspired to doom or with my production management job, as well as delve into some other areas I was interested in. During the breaks between speakers, they had kind of a running video of different gurus and smart people sharing stories and thoughts, and the one that most impressed me was Tom Peters and he’s written a few books and you may have read him before, but I really enjoyed his thoughts, and I hadn’t paid much attention to him in the past when I had heard his name. So I come back from this conference and I come to the Cube farm and you have cube farm conversations amongst the business. And I shared with another production manager that I really enjoyed. Tom Peters and this production managers Name’s Anthony Re Tollo all highlight him in this podcast because he introduced me really to podcasting years ago and he said, Oh, if you like Tom Peters, then you may be interested in Seth Godin And I said, Okay, well, sure, because I always write down these tips and books and resource is in my notebook and I may or may not get to those tips and resource is very quickly, but when I do often enjoy them and then I start sharing with others, and I don’t know how long it took me to get around to reading Seth Godin. But if you haven’t read what he’s written or said, it’s time to have him become part of your life, especially if you are someone that likes to influence and you care about marketing or customer relationships or just plain being good person that offers up your best work in whatever kind of work that may be. And he’s written such books as Linchpin Meatball Sunday, Purple Cow, The Dip, I can tell you Want to Listen to Him already just from those names are very good at expressing ideas simply, and I get a daily email from him and enjoy reading it periodically because I will admit I don’t get to it every day. But this is not. It was very important for me. And one of the concepts that Seth Goat and talks about a lot is the importance of shipping your work. And he shares many examples over the years, like from Apple and different start ups and sharing lots of stories about how people get what they do out there to others. And it’s in perfect state, and somehow getting it out there improves their work, and the people that they offer it to are able to give them feedback that further help them refine it. And it’s just a concept that he really talks about all the time to make sure that we don’t get in the habit of trying to refine and refine and refine and then ship. And we have all done this in our lives. I know. And I know many others that have a CZ well, where we are just so worried about perfection that we never get it it out there. I know someone right now that has someone living in their basement that spent five years perfecting an app that he wants to put out there. By the time he gets done with this, we might not even be using apse right. We could be onto another virtual reality technology or something, and I understand wanting to be perfect in the process. He’s not gonna get feedback from users that will find that valuable and help him improve upon it. And it also gives an element of accountability when you get the work out there. I’ve tried to apply this concept and a lot of my life to just get going, get out some good enough and then keep improving upon it. And it’s a hard balance because you don’t want to be lazy and offer up something mediocre at the same time. If it’s never out there, who’s it gonna help and how are you going to know what you need to improve. Earlier this year, another friend from my prior job, Deborah Moore, nudged me to start listening to a podcast by Brooke Castillo, and she started the life coach school. Another name written in my notebook. I didn’t look at it forever until she finally cornered me and said, I want you to listen to this episode. We sit down to listen to the episode, and I loved it. And one of the concepts in the episode that she shared was shipping B minus work, and her point was the same. A Seth Godin. Get it out there. It might be B minus, but get it out there because this is part of the proxy cess of growth and improvement. And the interesting thing is that she shared an example. I don’t know if she shared this in that particular episode or if she shared this in a separate book. She talked about how she produced a book, and she got some feedback from different people who read it. And one type of feedback was from those that said, there’s grammatical errors and there needs to be more editing and pointed out all the imperfections of the book. Then there’s the letter where the person said, This book changed my life. It changed how I thought it changed my actions. It’s completely transformed my life, and it was the same book. Now it’s a hard balance because as I say this, I want people to understand that I am open to all kinds of feedback. That’s not what I’m saying here is to refrain from giving feedback about grammar and editing, because that is very helpful. But the point is, somebody benefited from her B minus work, and for that person it was a plus work. Actually, they were able to overlook the grammatical errors and editing that was needed and get the broader principle that was being taught. Now I know that this is a process, and so I’ve written a couple of little books, and they were maybe C plus work, and I put them out there in the process of putting him out there. Showed me what the format should look like or could look like and where I was off and it also gave me a chance to ship these books to people I know and care about and get sincere feedback from them and even had people helped me at it them and make them better. And now they’re probably be minus or maybe even be work. I wouldn’t claim more than that, but I’m okay with that because that was a big deal for me, because I’m not that great with grammar either, and I do the best I can, and I will slowly work to improve that. But in the meantime, I’ve got to get out my stories and ideas and my lessons learned, and I cannot wait 20 years until I’m great at grammar to do that. So it’s important to ship. And that process, like I said, helps us improve our work. We get it out there, we start to connect with people that think alike or think differently. And all of those things will help us refine what we offer to ourselves and to those around us going forward. So I wanted to make sure that I shared this concept and hope that you accept my B minus work at this time because I know I’ve had experiences creating this podcast already where I thought I recorded something great and then there’s noises I can’t get out without creating extra echoes and come to find out in my process of recording. I didn’t press the right buttons at some point and found out later that I wasn’t even recording from the microphone. And no wonder there was all this other noise and you’ll be able to tell the difference in the different episodes. For now. I have to ship and I can go back later and improve upon those or not. Maybe I’ll leave them. There is an example of how much I improve. Have a great day. Keep shipping. Tell me about it. I want to hear what you’re up to. In fact, I will put on the move your desk dot com website the link to our Nudge village on Facebook, where we nudge each other to move forward with our ideas and move our desks. Have a great day. Thank you for listening to another episode of Move your desk show. If you enjoyed listening, I would love if you would take the time to give a five star review and share the podcast with friends that are seeking to find and do their best work