…… here is a story about the first TV show I ever worked on. Our art director was this sardonic Serbian dad who was super hard to please and sort of lovingly mocked us for any task we didn’t execute to the fullest extent of our abilities. I had this one job given to me to do these super heavy cross hatched like… burn and dodge style super hero colour cards. I worked hard to make them look good and twenty year old me was content with what I’d done, but when the art director saw them he just started laughing like “Ahahahaha! Is so bad! Good enough for TV but is so bad!” and he delightedly waved me away. And that was probably the single most freeing thing anyone has said to me, I just thought, huh, yeah, good enough for TV, room to improve but I stayed within budget and schedule and produced acceptable work. It’s that one piece of advice that’s gotten me through going-on five years of MGDMT, it would be so easy to get focused on massaging everything above and beyond and polishing it to make it my best work, but in that case with all the other things going on in my life it would update like seven times a year. I finish it on time, I’m not always happy with it, but even my worst strips manage to make someone out there reading a little happier. “Good enough for TV” You satisfactorily finished the task, now don’t dwell on punishing yourself over it and focus on moving forward because there’s no time in the budget for beating yourself up.
Keeping this here because relevant to personal issues with job performance.
Good enough for TV. I could work with that.