The perfect is the enemy of the good

“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the water slide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” — Tina Fey

I know y’all are looking for updates. We’re working our collective butts off over here. Still on track to leave the house Saturday morning, but there’s a long list of Projects Not Done at the boat. We’re trying hard to keep in mind a few things:

  • Our non-sailing friends will not notice the things that are not precisely Bristol fashion at the party on Sunday;
  • We can work on the boat while we travel. We WILL always be working on the boat as we travel, anyway; and
  • The perfect is the enemy of the good.

That last sentiment is the one I keep pushing into Michu’s head. I have been told, affectionately I’m sure, that I can be a bit, ahem, rigid; but Michu’s the one who loses his mind a tiny bit when the trim is off by a quarter of an inch, or there’s a gap in the cork. Are you familiar with the Pareto principal? From Wikipedia:

The Pareto principle or 80–20 rule is a 20th-century analogue. For example, it commonly takes 20% of the full-time to complete 80% of a task, while to complete the last 20% of a task takes 80% of the effort. Achieving absolute perfection may be impossible and so, as increasing effort results in diminishing returns, further activity becomes increasingly inefficient.

Perfect enough.

If the boat cannot come to the house, the contents of the house must come to the boat

If the boat cannot come to the house, the contents of the house must come to the boat

Luxurious sleeping accommodations in the V-berth

Luxurious sleeping accommodations in the V-berth

2 Comments on “The perfect is the enemy of the good

  1. Enjoying watching your countdown, and remembering so much of that last stretch stress. You’re right, the boat will never be perfect and never be finished, that’s ok. That’s boat life. Get all of you aboard and the rest will shake itself out.

    Best Wishes.

  2. There is no perfection, only excellence. What an excellent life you are leading!

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