Good morning John, it is Friday. I’ve been thinking about making this video and not doing it for years. For three reasons. One: I work too hard. It’s a problem. Content like this tends to assume that everybody’s gonna want to have whatever the person making the content has. and like, I have a fine life, but there are lots of other great lives out there. Two: I am extremely lucky. One of the keys to productivity is having financial and mental and social stability, and I have all those things. I just lucked into it. Three: my secret to productivity. I’m not ashamed of it. I’m a little ashamed of it. Here it is: 80%. Everything creative I do, I do my best to get it 80% of the way to as good as I can make it, and go no further. I just don’t try to get it to 100%. In every creative project, we have, in our minds, and in reality, a place, where it can get to where we will think it is the best. It looks like this. And we can keep pushing and tweaking until we get it right into the center there. And that seems like worthwhile. Get it as good as you can get it. But this is a lie, in four different ways. One: no one knows what best is. Best is subjective. It’s one way in your head but it’s different in every person who’s gonna consume the thing that you made. And so it doesn’t look like this, it looks like this. Two: Not only are there different bests inside of everyone’s heads, there are different categories of best. Like, I want my videos to do multiple different things, And sometimes if I want to do better at one goal, I’m gonna have to pull away from another of my goals. Three: even if there are actually hard outlines to these things, I’m never gonna be able to see it. Like, that’s the future that’s far away, I won’t know until I get there. The whole world is just me with my glasses off, I can’t see anything And four: best is always changing. People’s opinions and ideas are always changing and so are mine. So trying to get 100% to the best that I can do, which is far away from perfect, Is even that an impossible idea? I’m not saying you can’t increase your odds of getting into the bull’s eye. Yes, you can. That’s what the 80% is about. But I am saying you’ll never really know where you’re gonna hit, until you actually throw the dart. And if you spend a ton of time thinking about how you’re gonna throw the dart and you never throw it, you might be doing a whole lot of work that isn’t actually helping. So, when I get to 80%, I throw the dart. Because I know that perfect doesn’t exist. I know the last 20% of getting to what I think is best is gonna be like 90% of the work. I know that 90% of what I’m gonna learn, I’m gonna learn doing that first 80% and releasing the thing and having it be out in the world. For me, those final tweaks, I’m not learning anything, I’m just scared. And maybe I am making it better, but also maybe I’m not. Now, stopping at 80% is hard, Especially when your 100% isn’t that good yet, ’cause you’re new to whatever thing you’re doing. And that’s even harder when you have that one thing that cannot be taught, good taste, because you know how bad your thing is. But worse than that, and this is sort of a separate tip, You are gonna know the thing you create better than anyone else will ever know it. You’re gonna know all of its imperfections, all of its issues, all of the things that it could have been but it isn’t. So you’re gonna see that flawed picture of the thing that you make, Whereas when you look at something someone else made you won’t see those things. So your things are always going to look worse than other people’s things. So in my mind, getting it done is success. Getting it perfect is not. Especially because perfect doesn’t exist. This is my secret of productivity, not just because it helps me do a bunch of stuff, But because it helps me learn a bunch of stuff, learn how to do new things. And get more data points as to what’s working, and what people like, and what I like doing. And as I get to 80% of the best that I can do, over and over again really fast, Suddenly my new 80% is way better than my old 100% effort could have been. John, I’ll see you on Tuesday. No, I’ll see you tonight. Also our Halloween show in San Francisco still has tickets available. And we’re having a Halloween costume contest. You know, it’s not required, but I am looking forward to seeing what people put together.