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We often confuse striving for excellence with aiming for perfection. However, excellence is the quality of being outstanding, whereas perfectionism is a psychological trait wherein its maladaptive form “drives people to attempt to achieve unattainable ideals or unrealistic goals, often leading to depression and low self-esteem”.
In my experience, I’ve found that having perfection as a goal will do more harm than good. It can damage your relationship with yourself, your work and those who support you. It will suck the joy out of the process of creating. Worst of all, it will lead to fear.
#PracticalDreaming is hard enough. You can’t afford to be carrying baggage if you want to succeed, it will only slow you down or worst: force you to stop. Don’t believe me? How many perfectionists do you know who have done more than talk about and/or overthink their “world-changing” ideas? How many have actually DONE something?
When it comes down to it, words are wind and planning without action is intellectual masturbation (rah, did he just go there? 😂)
So while you’re spending weeks, months or even years trying to create the perfect first draft… someone, with far less talent, just got it done…. and look at where they are now?
One of my favourite quotes in this area comes from the founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman. He says “If the first version of your product doesn’t embarrass you, you waited too long to release it.”
So stop using perfection as an excuse and start PRACTICALLY dreaming.
You got this.
- Claud “Getting Things Done” Williams 😇