The report is spiral-bound, with one of those pristine, transparent covers.
The presentation has engaging graphics and colorful fonts.
The lawn looks immaculate.
The plumbing infrastructure couldn’t be more efficient and unnoticed in the house.
To you, your work is a shining example of near perfection. But what does it matter to those who are judging? Because what does it matter if the report looks fantastic if the executive summary spills over on to two pages (one page, please) or the presentation has more than ten slides (will never be seen) or if the hydrangeas are white instead of blue (they should be blue or, even better, pink) or the plumbing doesn’t produce the desire water pressure (you expect me to shower like this?).
The first step is to get clear on what counts. The second step is to
build it precisely to those specifications determine to what extent you can proud of your work while integrating what counts.