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A Letter To A Perfectionist


You have this standard you think must be met to be accepted. But you don’t have to be perfect to be accepted.

You fear you cannot complete a task you start.Perfectionism drains your energy. Start anyway.

You will make mistakes. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

You spend time worrying about the nitty-gritty of the work. Impressive. But focus on the bigger picture too.

I am not saying do crappy work. Strive for excellence, not perfection.┬áNo matter how good your work is, there will always be room for improvement. So strive for excellence. Strive to give your best everytime, Don’t let perfectionism cripple you and cause you to procrastinate.

Stop over-thinking things. You create problems which are non-existent. Once you begin to worry, you give yourself permission to waste precious time.

Accept compliments with a simple ‘Thank you’ not ‘Are you sure?’ or ‘I don’t think so.’

Move fast. The clock is ticking. There’s nothing like a perfect time or work. Move and keep iterating as you go.

Spend more time executing than planning. Some problems can only be identified and solved while executing.

Stay imperfect but excellent.


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