July 6, 2015 25 Comments
So you’re writing your breakthrough book. Or you’re planning your startup business. Or you’re putting projects together to impress your boss.
If you’re like me, you tend to focus more on meeting deadlines than delivering top-notch products.
Not that you and I don’t care about the quality of our work. We just sort of figure the A+ quality will fall into place as long as we meet that deadline.
I’m working on a couple of books right now, but one being of upmost importance. The person I’m working on it with agreed that we should have it ready for the public late this year. But the more we discussed it, the more we realized that there’s no reason to set a deadline for this book, especially if we want it to reach the top of every bestseller book list, which is our intent.
The book had been quite a few bumps and since I was released from the time pressure, and forced myself to really take my time, it’s beginning to shape into a much better book.
I’m sure by now you’ve seen Inside Out. You know why that film is so effective and basically perfect on so many levels? The filmmakers took their time with it. Where typically an animated feature can take four years, Inside Out took five years to make.
And guess what?
Even four years into production, they had to keep going back to the drawing board.
If you’re not constantly having to start over with your book or your project, then I submit that it’s not yet good enough.
Start over, as I’ve had to. And seriously take your time. Otherwise, as my wife says, you’re wasting your time publishing a book tomorrow that could have been so much better a year from now.