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Aim for progress, not perfection

Tamkara Adun, Odunife

"In life, as in business, the goal should not be perfection, when it should be progress because perfection is an illusion. And also we don't need to be perfect in order to be impactful.

As long as we're growing, as long as we're learning, as long as we're stretching and evolving, then progress is happening.

And then … I always share this with my daughter — ideas do not come fully formed. They only become clear as you work on them.

As creators, we don't need to know everything to begin or to be of service. As we implement these ideas, as we execute on our ideas, we're able to bring life to them. We're able to flesh them out, and we're able to also learn and grow and iterate and evolve alongside our ideas.

Always take actions, don't get paralyzed by analysis. Great ideas are a dime a dozen. Everyone has them. And the difference between standing still or making progress is the actions that we take."

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Tamkara Adun

Tamkara Adun is a Nigerian author, researcher, and indigenous African Historian. She is the founder of Ọdúnìfẹ́, an educational platform aimed at decolonizing African history and advocating for the teaching and preservation of African languages.

She’s also the author of the children’s book Osasu & the Great Wall of the Benin Empire and other digital books on African history.

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