Ah yes, the reductive binary statement. This quote comes up a lot. In fact, when I typed it into Google I got over one billion search results. Do people really live by this? Well, yes and no.
I'm not a fan of "inspirational" quotes. They are almost always reductive, often asinine, and rarely helpful. I'm not having a dig at people who actually do find quotes helpful, I'm just offering my view on the quotes themselves. Case in point: "done is better than perfect". If I am really thinking about the project that I'm doing, I don't need a mantra to tell me when to stop.
But, if I was to be honest with myself — and take off my pretentious hat for a minute — I'd realize that I too am guilty of not finishing a project because it's not perfect, or of not starting something because I don't have the correct tools — at least, what I perceive to be the correct tools. For example: I wanted to make a short movie but I didn't have a gimbal or a slider. Because of this, I couldn't get the exact type of shot that I had envisioned, so I kept procrastinating. Why did I need a gimbal? "Because it won't look professional", I said to myself. Bear in mind that this is a personal project that I'm talking about, not a paid commercial gig. I eventually got my act together and just started shooting anyway because I knew that I wasn't learning anything by sitting at my computer, pining over a $700 gimbal. Another obvious solution was to just think of a completely different concept and work within my limitations. "Do something. It doesn't have to be perfect." Maybe I should print this quote out and stick it to my coffee cup.
In a typically well edited and well written video, Jamie Windsor breaks down "done is better than perfect" to show his viewers that while it's not a mantra which someone should religiously live by, in certain circumstances, finishing a project before it's at its best, can be of great benefit to the creator.