Stop saying you are a perfectionist

“Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” — Antoine de Saint- Exupery

Perfectionism is just a form of procrastination.

Saying you are a perfectionist usually means that you are too scared to fail, so you spend all of your time making sure everything is perfect instead of actually ever doing anything.

When you struggle with anxiety, being a perfectionist just comes with the territory. You fear that anything in misalignment will shatter your nervous system and send you running for the hills.

However, it is a vicious cycle for all of us perfectionists and recovering perfectionists.

When I say things like I am a perfectionist or I am too busy, what I usually mean is that I lack the proper prioritization necessary to complete the most important things in my life.

Being a perfectionist seems like one of those “good weaknesses.” The one that we pipe up for during an interview and proudly declare.

I understand that attention to detail is critical to most jobs and vocations, but being perfect is not.

Trying to be perfect will just slow you down when you are dong work that matters, or worse, it will stop you from ever launching the business, idea, or project you have always wanted to.

Reid Hoffman, legendary Silicon Valley exec, is famous for saying,”if you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.”

When you view the macro environment through this lens, it opens you up for so much more growth and spontaneity.

Time is the only non-renewable resource we have. A person can always make more money, but they can never make more time. Thus, it is vital that we become masters of lives, by crushing the notion of perfectionism.

Whether you are trying to overcome a personal battle, starting a business, or just asking that girl in accounting out for a drink, just “ship it.”

Ben Foley

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