In August, YFE, Staci Dennett brought up a question to a common problem amongst young women: the need for perfection. YFE wrote on our Facebook wall…
“Calling all young, female entrepreneurs! Help a girl out… How do you overcome your need for perfection?”
Some of of our favorite YFEs replied with what they do to deal with the pressure to be perfect. Read their answers below and comment with what works best for you as you are growing your business.
I show something I’ve done, or an idea to a few friends and really concentrate on the positive things they say. Yes, it’s basically letting them build me up but it really helps when you have become too entrenched on making it perfect!
By having someone who can assist or become your accountability partner. I am this for many of my clients as they think that they have to mill over things that need a simple yes/no, sign off, etc. Have an internal board of directors to keep you from getting in your own way and if they are the right ppl they will straighten you out quickly :)
With a glass of wine? Kidding (sort of). I say be grateful that you have the desire to go the extra mile & do your best at all times. It’s a rare trait, and a beautiful attribute when we don’t take it too far. Continue to strive for greatness, but keep this in mind: Sometimes it’s more to our benefit (esp in entrepreneurship) to NOT be perfect and allow for bloopers. Perfection is groovy, but it doesn’t allow for growth like being a regular ol’ human does! :)
I try to find perfection in what I’ve done, once that part is over and I’m self-satisfied I look over what I’ve done again and again and find new ways I COULD tackle it.
perfection hits you when you don’t even know it sometimes….you can overwhelm yourself to think what you’ve done is not perfect.
It also helps having your best friend or most trusted person give you their honest opinion!
I’m late to the party but I have struggled with this so much that I just had to share. Have you ladies stumbled onto lean principles? I’m a big believer in lean…so here’s what I did…. I “programmed” myself to think in terms of “versions”. You know how all your softwares like Word have versions? I think of the articles, videos, marketing material I put out as “versions”. Its the only way I can get something out of the door without getting hung up on perfecting a project (and I have learned that most of my “perfecting” is just gold-plating i.e. waste)…AND coming from a software background, this joke means a lot to me so I put it on my wall…ready for it? “if version 1 does not suck, you definitely released it too late”
Do you have a suggestion to add to the list? Comment below!