03 January 2020

Perfect Is The Enemy Of Profitable


"Perfectionism and procrastination have such a fine line. You say, 'Well, I want it to be good. I want it to be perfect.' But what you're really doing is not doing your work. You're putting off showing up and being visible because then you're going to be judged, and it might suck."
--Jen Sincero
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In the world of simple trading, perfect is the enemy of profitable.

Of course it is.

Perfect ends the conversation and prevents the discovery of alternative (perhaps better?) ways.

Perfect reduces the desire to improve.

Perfect kills performance.

That idea becomes more urgent (or certainly should) when we realize that nothing is perfect.

How could it be?

So, if your hero, your cause, your holiday, your background, your relationship, your trading… if it’s not perfect, does that mean you should give it up? Be ashamed of it? Be afraid of it?

We’re surrounded by imperfection. It’s so easy to look at your trading and identify imperfections, criticize it, or worse, shame yourself.

Better, I think, to identify mistakes and problems in your trading and use those things as opportunities for improvement. Mistakes and errors, once identified and acknowledged (which is exactly why it’s so important to do this), can be improved upon, and progress can be made. But only if you embrace the chance for good.

Imperfect simple trading is an opportunity for better simple trading.

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