Paralysed by Perfection?

I got to watch “The Mechanic” starring Jason Statham as Arthur Bishop, this week. In it, the writer uses a quote on a pistol to summarise Bishop’s philosophy:

“Amat Victoria Curam” or “Victory loves the prepared.”

So whilst he romps dealing with seemingly “unexpected” events, it turns out he’s planned for these in advance. He has the time, the resources, and the skills he needs for every eventuality.

Action Flick

It is an action flick though! By definition, he doesn’t just sit around preparing, rather he actually heads out on gigs, and relies on previously learned skills when something unplanned happens. He has found the balance of having a good toolkit, planning for purpose, and getting things done.

Waterfall or Agile?

So think of anything you’re trying to achieve. Anything: Starting a business, getting a job, writing a book, building a Cloud Datacentre…. There are two approaches to achieving your goal:

One is to plan everything in minute detail, then follow the plan (inflexibly.) The waterfall approach. Inevitably if you can’t get the resources (you think) you need in the first place, you don’t start.

The other is to essentially “plan on the go.” Create a high level plan, start your activity, then adjust as necessary.

Both approaches have their strengths and weaknesses. I mean, you don’t want to be at camp 3 on Everest and find you haven’t brought oxygen because you were following an Agile methodology and didn’t need it at the start. On the other hand, as Voltaire said

“Le mieux est l’ennemi du bien.”  or  “Perfection is the enemy of good”

Just Start already

At the end of the day all you ever need to know in the present, is the next step to take. If you want to get anywhere, you have to move. To start.

Idea Magnet

So, with that in mind, Justin King and I published the first episode of a new podcast this week: Idea Magnet.

Nope, the website isn’t where we want it yet. No, we don’t have scripts for all of our episodes. Or a “listener acquisition strategy.” Or any number of things you need for a successful show. But we committed to a date (today) and got the first episode out the door.

Now, we’ll iterate, and work with our listeners to make it the best it can be.

You can check out the site here: http://ideamagnet.com

Subscribe via RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/IdeaMagnet

and subscribe on iTunes here http://bit.ly/IM-iT

How about you

  • Are you a “Victory Loves Preparation” or a “Perfect is the enemy of Good?” kind’ve person?
  • Have you started something and failed because you weren’t properly prepared?
  • Are you still sitting on your next big idea because you don’t have everything you need to start?

I’d love to hear about how you’re going and help where I can. You can comment below or on Facebook.

Everyone’s a Winner

Also, in a blatant attempt to grow our listenership, we’re giving a Microsoft Lifecam Cinema HD webcam away on the Podcast. So check it out, enter our competition, but above all, let us know what you think.

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