“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it..”

Who said it:  Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott is an American novelist and non-fiction writer. She is also a progressive political activist, public speaker, and writing teacher. I was busy spruiking my 55%rule to my team when one of them showed me this quote from Anne. It couldn't have been more perfect. Since then I've printed it out and stuck it on my wall at work as a reminder.

Why I like it:

I used to drown in my efforts to be perfect at everything, until I ended up convinced I was failing at everything. Now, I’m all about balance and priorities. And I love what I do.

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Raels Robertson
Raels Robertson

Raels is managing director of Mettro. She is a highly experienced business strategist and design visionary.