This has been something on my mind over the past few weeks and has only become increasingly clear as deadlines are mounting. That is, we are never truly ready.
The context of group work is something not entirely foreign to me. Perhaps an absence from schoolwork for some time now has gotten the better of me but I've been reminded about all the perils of working in teams over the course of the past month. This is even more so because of the kinds of creative work involved in some projects.
There's always going to be too many cooks in the kitchen. The trouble then is to find solutions and not mere suggestions. At some point it becomes less of an exercise in being polite in order not to offend and more about just getting the job done when the deadline is looming overhead. So much back and forth can be done with endless time on our hands but that isn't the reality at hand.
With that I've found myself biting my lip on more than one occasion when things just don't go according to plan. I've learned well enough that this is to be expected and these are the moments where the true test of our character comes to the fore. I'd rather step forward and do something rather than wait for things to happen - this I find to be true.
Thankfully I've long moved past the idea of life being likened to a popularity contest and am comfortable with the fact that not everyone is like you and certainly not everyone is going to like you. Feathers are bound to get ruffled but that's just the natural way things work when people are grouped together.
As with any piece of work, there'll never be a point where you feel that it is fully ready. There will always be one more thing that could be done. The trick is to know when to put your foot down and tell yourself that no matter the existing circumstances, you are ready.
“Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that – that is what life is. You might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that’s really special and if you’re not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself.” - Amy Poehler