I know I have told this story a lot. I have an artist friend, he was amazing. There were some paintings he did that were of chrome that was sick. I mean, you swear it was a photograph it was that good. I was fortunate enough to go to his house once and hang out with him and his wife. I got to see more of his work, one painting was more impressive than the next.
After a while, I told my friends wife, that she is married to an amazing painter. Then I found the secret. She walked me to the backyard to the shed. In the shed, dozens of broken up canvases, and an ax that he had used to trash them. Those were all the mistakes that he had made. For each successful painting that I saw, there was probably more than one bad canvases. For the first time I realized that artists (and really good ones) were not perfect. In fact they need to practice and practice, they make mistakes, they are human. Before that moment, I really thought that they would start a painting, and finish it.
It made me realize, than in my job, I don’t have to get it right first. I just need to get it right. When I design screen, or system architecture. I ask for opinions from other team members. I use the feedback, and sometimes go back and scrap the original design, or just make some changes. I do not worry that people don’t like my first attempt, as long as we get the last one right. I even now have a presentation on how one application went from initial design to final application. So now people see the work that went into building the final project.
Just a reminder, I am not doing this for profit, this is not my day job, I am just doing a brain dump. I don’t spend any money on marketing, design or images. I welcome comments (but moderate) and all I ask for you is to enjoy it.
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