December 19, 2020

“Anything worth doing is worth doing well.”

“Anything worth doing is worth doing badly.”

Which of these statements have you heard? I’ve heard both, word-for-word, from people who weren’t aware the other version existed. And I agree with both, even though they sound like opposites.

“Worth doing well” means that if you’re going to do something at all, you might as well put in the time and effort to make it as awesome as you can.

“Worth doing badly” means that if you try something, and the results suck, that’s still more valuable than not trying at all.

The first comes more naturally to me, as a piece of wisdom that I was raised with.

I’m trying to apply the second more often, keeping in mind that it can – and often does – lead to improvement in the future. So far, I’m pretty bad at taking leaps of potential inadequacy – but accepting that fact is a step in the right direction.

P.S. I write from my personal experience as an autistic. What I share is not a substitute for advice from an autistic medical professional. Also, some of my opinions have changed since I first wrote them.