How holding onto a perfectionist mindset hinders your progress

I can admit it—I’m a recovering perfectionist. By this I mean, my way of reacting to uncertainty often involves trying to execute everything flawlessly—to be everywhere and available to everyone, sometimes to my own detriment.

I’ve been known to burn the candle at both ends trying to get a project just right. But what I’ve learned in recent years (and this year especially) is that avoiding any kind of mishap won’t help me move the needle forward as a CEO.

When running a business, so many factors remain out of our control, particularly now. This isn’t to say we should embrace complacency, but we also shouldn’t allow ourselves to be hijacked by our mistakes. In fact, according to coauthors Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter, an unhealthy fixation on perfection can even slow us down when it matters most.


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