Anthony Corletti
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Let's say we're building a bike.

We spend time researching the wheels, tires, gears, frames, chains, and more.

We spend money to buy the parts we need, and spend our energy assembling the bike.

When it's complete, we can now go from home to work faster and more efficiently than before.

But is that enough?

Could we have spent more money on better parts?

Did we do enough research to find the best parts that will make this bike last for many years to come?

After comparing my bike to other bikes crossing the Brooklyn bridge into the city this morning, I noticed other bikes with features and technology woven into the frame and handlebars, do I need that too?

Caught up in perfection paralysis is not an effective way to go about a creative endeavor, be it music, visual art, business, engineering, culinary, et cetera.

There is a recursive nature to perfection, so apply constraints. Constraints bring ingenuity to decisions about design, form, and function.

This bike doesn't have to be the last bike, this step doesn't have to be the last step.

You don't make the Ferrari of bikes on your first try, you don't need many apps tracking your rides and optimizing your route based on satellite position. You don't need it all, you simply need enough to get to the next step.

Enough happens when we only take what we can carry to make something better than before.

Do good enough over time, step after step, and great things will happen.