Aiming for perfection used to hold me back from speaking up, sharing what I was thinking, and pursuing what I was interested in. I didn’t want to be wrong, ill-informed, or challenged.
Deep down I had a sense that I was seeking something impossible. But I still rationalized that I had to seek out perfection in order to be successful and, in turn, to find true happiness.
My first business venture in 2012 required a mindset change. What inspired me was a quote I captured in high school and rediscovered in my childhood bedroom the month before I started the new firm:
“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson