How Perfection Can Ruin Your Business

Too much perfectionism can create problems of its own, including risk aversion and rigidity when approaching key goals. Perfectionists may be so averse to making mistakes that they become overly cautious and refuse to try new things or shift their ways of doing things to make them better. Perfectionism can also be a time waster, as it makes people overly slow and cautious and can cause needless additional steps. The traits of perfectionism can also damage relationships with others, as perfectionists can be abrasive and demanding and hard to work for.

Reflect on these key points:

  • 1Celebrity perfectionists, like Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart, make perfectionism seem highly desirable and altogether admirable.
  • 2However, dyed in the wool perfectionists are so invested in doing everything perfectly that they often fail to take risks that would allow them to stretch and grow.
  • 3Perfectionists also tend to suffer from an inability to adapt quickly to change, which stifles their creativity and nnovation, besides inhibiting their ability go with the flow and enjoy the moment.

“Dr. Martin Antony, professor at Ryerson University in Toronto and author of “When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough,” says, while some aspects of perfectionism can be helpful in reaching one’s potential, the perfectionist attitude also has some downfalls that can seriously hinder both personal and professional growth,”

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