Successful People Never Bother With This Common Obsession

Kelsey Clark

The concept of perfection is an illusion, but that doesn't stop many from obsessing over the idea of it—both at work and in their personal lives. Viewed as a mind-set that's conducive to success, perfectionism can serve as a source of motivation for many, however unhealthy that motivation may be. But as Danae Ringelmann, co-founder of Indiegogo, points out in a recent video for Inc., focusing on achieving perfection can actually hinder your success, especially for entrepreneurs. 

"One of [my] biggest mistakes [as a businessperson] wasn't a thing I did wrong, it was an attitude that I carried that I really had to turn around," says Ringelmann. "That was this kind of obsession with perfection. I grew up always wanting to achieve and succeed, I just thrived off of that. Perfection [in business] is truly your enemy. Don't wait for perfect because it will never happen. My advice to entrepreneurs is if you're trying to figure it all out in your head, if you try to get that all perfect and wait to get that all done before you start, you'll never start."

While Ringelmann is specifically speaking to her experience as an entrepreneur and business owner, her advice rings true across many areas of life—professional and otherwise. If you're always waiting for perfect at work, in your relationships, and within your lifestyle, you'll likely miss out on all of the good things you already have right in front of you.

Do you think perfectionism is motivating or damaging? 

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