If you wait until something is perfect, you will never launch it. 

Or, you may never even start creating it in the first place. 

Perfection is a powerful block and stops so many people from making something, taking a risk, or trying something for the first time. (It’s pretty much guaranteed that you won’t be perfect, or even very good, the first time you try something.)

Perfectionism can keep you in a constant state of second-guessing or analysis paralysis. 

But it is very seductive and can feel like it is a good thing. It can feel like you are being conscientious or virtuous. 

Do not be fooled. Striving to do your best or pursuing mastery is great. Perfectionism is toxic. 

But don’t believe me. Below are tweets from super-smart, uber-successful people. I started looking for Brené Brown’s tweet and then went down the rabbit hole.

You might want to save these so you can refer back to them when you need them. 

Brené Brown

Gary Vaynerchuk

Marie Forleo

Elizabeth Gilbert

As Seth Godin writes in his “Abandoning perfectionism” post on his blog:

Perfect lets you stall, ask more questions, do more reviews, dumb it down, safe it up and generally avoid doing anything that might fail (or anything important).

You’re not in the perfect business. Stop pretending that’s what the world wants from you.

So, now what will you do or try?

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