5 Ways to Fail at Perfectionism

We both claim the label “perfectionist” honestly. So today, we want to talk about five ways to overcome perfectionism.

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Understand why you can’t afford it

Entrepreneurs can’t afford to be perfectionists. Perfectionism will keep you from launching your product, starting your business, beginning a marketing campaign, and everything else you need to do to grow your business.

You don’t have to get it perfect. You just have to get it done.

We see this with the lean startup movement. Start sooner, rather than later. Get a product launched; don’t worry if it’s not perfect. Just make it good.

Because you will learn more once you start. Then you won’t waste time perfecting things that aren’t important to your customers.

Make it visual

Perfectionism is a tough habit to break. It’s something we perfectionists admire in ourselves and in others.

But it can get in the way of progress. So make a list of ways perfectionism has hurt you or could hurt you in your present endeavor. Post this list in a conspicuous place, like above your computer screen. When you feel yourself putting in extreme effort for minimal returns, look at the list to remind yourself it’s time to move on.

Think “good enough for who it’s for”

[George] “My dad was the poster boy for perfectionists. I could tell you story after story. But every once in a while, he would say, ‘It’s good enough for who it’s for.'”

[Mary-Lynn] I love that quote; it makes me laugh. But it makes an important point – Do your best. Give it your all. But default to getting it done for the people who need it done.

Set a deadline and keep it

Having a deadline focuses your attention on getting it done the best you can, given the time frame you have established. If possible, get your project done and then go back and improve it. But make sure you stick to your deadline.

Enlist support

Have someone who is not a perfectionist look at your work. If they suggest improvements, go ahead and make them. But if they tell you that it’s good enough, then consider it done and move on!

Use these five techniques to fail at perfectionism! It’s a failure that leads to BIGG success!

Are you a perfectionist?

This show wouldn’t be good enough if we failed…

Until next time…

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2 replies
  1. Chester
    Chester says:

    I agree with you on this post. There are times when people try so hard to be perfect or to do something perfect that they tend to neglect the more important things. This goes in marketing, business and even personal lives. Thank you for giving these tips. I admit that there are times when I tend to aim for perfection. I’ll keep these things in mind. Thanks! I really like your blog. It helps a lot in developing one’s career and professional life.

    • George & Mary-Lynn
      George & Mary-Lynn says:

      Chester, you make such a great point they tend to neglect the more important things. This is something we constantly check ourselves on…what has to be done NOW. What about this project needs to be “perfect” and what could be adjusted later on. Focus reduces perfectionism. Thanks so much for adding to the conversation and for your kind words.


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