|Original Upload date||August 13, 2009|
|Intro||Wheezy beard intro|
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[Wheezy Waiter beard intro]
Hey beardlovers. It's fist on the chin time. [Craig rests his chin on his fist] So tell me, what hinders you from finishing your project? Cause it's probably bullcrap.
Is it writers block? Painters block? Bloggers block? That's hard to say. Builders block? Wow. Ironic. If you're a lineman for the Green Bay Packers, is it blockers block? Hehe. See what I did there? A little wordplay. If you're a chainsaw juggler, is it that your arms were sawed off? Okay, that's a legitimate reason. Well, no, you have legs. But my point is, writers block or any kind of mental block, machete to the head, okay forget that one... I don't think they exist.
I think in a lot of cases what keeps you from completing or even beginning a project is a desire for perfection. When I say [makes air quotes] "you," that's a euphemism for [makes air quotes] "me."
The perfect is the enemy of the good.
That was said by some old smart dead dude. I think he was alive when he said it, though. My internet's down so I can't look up who it was. Fail. But if I would have worried about correctly attributing that quote, you wouldn't have gotten that tidbit of poorly sourced knowledge. Yeah! Unfail! Sort of.
What it means is a desire for perfection keeps you from doing pretty decent things. Plus the more you do something, the better you get at it. Think about something you love. Something you really love like a book or a movie. Is it perfect? I bet someone hates it, don't they? I probably hate it. It's not perfect. Nothing's perfect. Except The Road Warrior, the perfect action movie. Disagree? Well then leave a comment saying what you think is perfect. [title on screen: anything, not just action movies.] And if you see something that someone else wrote that you disagree with, tell them why. [title on screen: explanation fail.] But be nice.
Desire for perfection doesn't just hinder creative goals.
One thing that I think keeps people from exercising is they don't have enough time or commitment. Or they don't think they're doing it right. But any exercise is good. That's why right now I just do them in ones. [Lies on floor and kicks leg in the air] One. [Does a pushup] One. [Does a jumping jack] And one. [Runs for a second] One second.
I also think I'm a slow reader and I don't have enough time to read so a book is a big commitment. Solution? One word at a time. [reads from book] The. [holds up book so title is visible. It's Paper Towns by John Green.] Man, I wish this author would have figured out a better way to draw me in with the first word.
The point is you start doing something. And eventually it'll get easier. Maybe in a year I'll read two words at a time.
Something like a year ago my band decided to record an album. We didn't have all the songs written but there were a lot of time constraints so we decided to start recording anyway. Now we're releasing a six-song EP on Saturday. If you'd like to order one, all the info is in the doobly-doo. If we would've waited to create the perfect full-length album, I wouldn't have said that. What I would've said is: Someday we'll create the perfect full-length album and the world will embrace us as the rock gods of the new millenium. Probably. When we finish. I mean. Maybe. If you'd like to order one, link's in the... You'll just have to wait. Perfection takes time. Cause it doesn't exist.
Instead, what we have now is a six-song EP featuring what I think is the best imperfect stuff we've done.
Alright, how about some winks?
[Winker winks (ding). A dog blinks (doing sound)]
[Craig voice over wheezywaiter.com youtube.com/wheezywaiter outro graphic:] I think that was actually a blink. Keep trying though you'll get better. Actually, don't worry about it. Just focus on not peeing in the house.
Also, doing a live show on BlogTV on Sunday at 8 pm central. Live performances and a brand new music video. Link's in the ... yeah, you know.
Perfection 101 on YouTube