Patience Means Never (And Other Lessons From The Waitresses)

Some of my all-time favorite quotes come from one of my all-time favorite songs: “They’re All Out of Liquor, Let’s Find Another Party” by The Waitresses.

Don’t laugh. It’s quite catchy!

One of the gems unearthed from this track (appropriately pulled from an album entitled, “Bruiseology”, I might add), is the phrase “Patience means never”. As someone who stays in the perpetual state of motion and has only recently learned the virtues of slowing down and taking a breath, I have taken this phrase quite to heart.

But more recently, I have interpreted it differently.

We can get tripped up on our own definitions of perfection when working on a new piece of art, a new piece of music, a new product, or something we’re putting out into the world for the very first.  We’ll work tirelessly on our brand new thing just to tear it apart the next day, deeming it “incomplete” or “unfinished” or “too rough”.

Getting caught up in the perfection loop can seriously set up a roadblock to our creative flow, or worse, finished project.  Can we safely say that patiently pandering to our definition of perfection can mean that our project may never get off the ground and get to where it’s supposed to be going? Patience means never, indeed!

Today I challenge you to push past any of your unrealistic expectations and achieve an actionable step in your creative process. It may be uncomfortable to bypass your own rigorous set of standards to make even a small or incremental item on your to-do list happen, but in doing so you will start to unlock creative momentum to get the damn thing done.

And we all want to get that damn thing done, amiright?


For me, that meant launching, even without having my blog or portfolio locked and loaded. Are there like 18 things I see right off the bat when I view my own website that I need to fix or expand upon? Big time! But I strongly suspect that everyone else who looks at the website is not seeing the glaring imperfections that I got tripped up on.

It was more important for me to get the damn thing done and not get caught up in the paralyzing need for perfection that can keep projects from launching and goals being met. My first goal with the new website is to have a cohesive place for people to find out more information about who I am, what I do, and what I’m working on. My other goal is to drive traffic to this very website so those curious about how to work with me can learn more. My ultimate goal is create necessary name recognition around Creative Enabler, as I don’t intend on spending another five years hiding behind a brand name.

What better time than now to breathe new life into our stagnate or roadblocked creative projects?

Patience means never, indeed.

Tell me what you’re working on. I’m all ears.

What do you think?

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