#24. Overcoming Perfection Paralysis

In this episode Cem and Wayne discuss why entrepreneurs get paralysed by the need for perfection when launching their product, business or service. We discuss the possible roots of our perfectionism and why just being good enough is often good enough!

What you’ll hear


Beginning Quote: “Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”  ― Salvador Dalí

4:20 What are the roots of perfectionism?

7:00 “If you’re striving to do something in a perfect way it will never be creative.”

8:40 Most people don’t start because they don’t think they know enough.

10:10 Information overload causes procrastination.

13:10 Why do young people struggle with feeling enough?

16:00 Falling in to the comparison trap adds to perfection paralysis.

17:10 “Everybody wants a highlight reel that doesn’t contain their failures.”

“Our eyes are not only viewers, but also projectors that are running a second story over the picture we see in front of us all the time. Fear is writing that script and the working title is, ‘I’ll never be enough.’”– Jim Carrey

22:10 “You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” – Jim Carrey

23:10 What are the facts of your fears?

26:15 “Most people don’t care as much as you think they do.”

28:20 Waiting for perfection keeps you out of the game for longer.

34:30 Perfection costs both time and money.

36:30 The need for perfection comes from the ego, your lizard brain.

38:00 When you focus on serving others you let go of your ego and are less likely to wait for perfection.

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40:00 Action Steps:

1) Lower Your Standard.

2) Understand that waiting does not give you immunity to failure.

3) Focus on the completion of a task not perfection. Get better at imperfect action.

4) Set an end date.

5) Remember you’re building an awesome story for yourself which needs both ups and downs.

45:30 End Quote

“Too late, I found you can’t wait to become perfect, you got to go out and fall down and get up with everybody else.”  ― Ray Bradbury


Ship It” – The Little Pamphlet For People Who Can – Seth Godin

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