You Can’t Be Perfect, But You Can Be Better

I am the type of person who truly lives by the golden rule in pretty much everything I do. I always make sure to praise people when they do an excellent job, but I also am not afraid to offer up constructive criticism when its appropriate. Why? Not because I think I’m better than anyone out there, but because I hope that they would do the same for me. I like hearing when my stuff is great, but I love when someone has the balls to tell me what I could improve.

A long time ago, I had to learn that I would never be perfect, that my work would never be perfect, no matter how many times I edited, re-edited, proofread, or analyzed. However, I know that there is always room for improvement, there is always more to learn, and I welcome anyone who was willing to teach me or give me advice on how to better myself and my work.

So, occasionally, if I really enjoy the content a person is putting out, if I notice a mistake, I will privately and politely let them know. I do not consider it a waste of my time. I do not think I am smarter or better than that person. I just assume that they are human and while they can’t be perfect, I can help them and their content to be just a little bit better.

I recently did that. I signed up for a webinar and in the e-mail there was a typo (or a misspelling, I’m not sure which). I responded to the person, letting them know how much I’ve been enjoying their content and how I was looking forward to the webinar, and respectfully pointed out the tiny error. They responded with a “thank you” and I assumed that was the end of it.

Until this morning….

When I received the following e-mail:

Wanna know what’s worse than making a spelling mistake in your blog posts, or Facebook ads, or (gasp!) emails?

Spending hours trying to get eveyrthing perfect before you hit “publish” or “send!”

Somtimez I mke mistakkes on porpuse jst to piss people off lol.

Seriously, I get people reaching out all the time to point out a spelling mistake here or an error there. And you see it all over social media all the time, people correcting people. It’s crazy.

I know they mean well, but seriously, that’s really the best use of your time?

Here’s the truth…

Our best performing Facebook ad ever has a few mistakes in it that I only discovered AFTER I launched it. It’s producing sales on autopilot day in and day out.

Now, should I turn it off, fix up the mistake and risk screwing up the campaign?

Or do I just leave it, not worry about it, and just sit back and sip on my delicious Aussie beer while watching the sales poor in?

Yes, I know I spelt poor wrong, so I think you know which one I chose.

So what’s my point in all this?

Get used to making mistakes and being OK with it. You’ll survive. And most important – you’ll still get clients! You’ll still make sales!

In fact, I’m guessing you’ll make MORE sales becuase you’ll be putting more things out in to the market place. That’s just how it is. People don’t care about your spelling mistakes or other little errors. In fact, they make you appear more HUMAN. More real. And therefore, more trustworthy!

Seriously, it’s a sales technique to “make mistakes on purpose.” Look it up!

And, if someone happens to point out your mistake, just ‘smile, nod and say thank you’ then sit back and sip on your own version of Aussie beer while sales pour in on autopilot.

While he makes a good point that you shouldn’t let things get to you, this was a very passive aggressive attach on one of his followers. I thought this was incredibly distasteful. But most importantly, I completely disagree. If you (or someone else) points out a mistake in something you’ve written, said, posted, etc.,  I believe you should correct that mistake. Its okay to mess up, but its a whole other thing to be okay with being mediocre. We should always be trying to be better, to put out better content, to do better in life. You cannot do that if you are ignoring constructive criticism.

I want you all to know, I have a completely open door. If you disagree with anything I say or you see a mistake in my work, PLEASE let me know! I won’t get mad, I won’t get defensive. I’ll be appreciative that someone out there cares enough about my content to want to see it improve, and while I will never be perfect, I can be better!

img_6400As someone who always made people ask, “How does she do it?”, I had to learn how to fit more into my day without completely losing my mind. Now I’m excited to share how I did that and what I’ve learned with everyone else. I just want to see people able to live the life they want, doing the things they want, without the stress they think is normal. I want everyone to experience Peace of Time.

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