The Persian flaw.

My last post was about letting go of perfection. This post is a bit of a continuation of that theme. 

There is a tradition among craftsmen to purposefully put mistakes into their work. A stutter in a pattern. A double stitch among single stitches. An upside down tile among hundreds. This tradition is called the Persian Flaw. The story goes that Persian weavers, being very devout, believed that only God could create something perfect. They would then show respect by purposely introducing these little errors. 

You could look at this like they were apologizing for their talents and limiting themselves. I prefer to look at it like they were admitting that it’s better to be done than to be perfect. The fact that they were finished was more important than having the item be perfect.

I’m sure people still marveled at the craftsmanship. People still purchased, shared and cherished the items. 

Don’t let your pursuit for perfection create a barrier to completing something. It’s better to be done than perfect. And in my experience people are often more impressed with the fact that you did something than they are with the thing you did.

Have you ever put 'Done' on a project you felt wasn't perfect? Or do you still have incomplete projects waiting to be 'Perfect'? Let me know in the comments on Facebook