“You can fail as many times as you like, as long as you don’t feel that reflects on your self worth.”
This research is at least five years old. The first time I searched for it we had just raised $32.5mm but our culture was fracturing. There were many reasons but one key point was not inculcating the spirit of “missing vs failing” in our company.
As people emerge from a challenging 2020 and as we rally ourselves, our families, our teams and companies forward into 2021:Embrace the difference between missing and failing.
Conversely, perfectionism isn’t what drives success. It’s disappointing when people hide their mistakes, misses, missteps behind a shroud of “perfectionism”. Using “perfectionism” as a caveat and a crutch gets in the way of understanding your real motivations for doing something. It also implies that others don’t share your standards. We’re all perfectionists in some way.
And yet, nobody’s perfect.
Let’s move past using perfectionism to excuse or mask areas for personal development.