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How do you define “perfectionist”?

Do you see yourself as one?

Lots of entrepreneurs get bitten by the perfectionism bug. We do everything we can to grow our businesses, and yet, we trip ourselves up over the tiniest details. We keep ourselves from progressing forward if everything isn’t *just* right . . . And let’s be real: Nothing is EVER just right. So we idle. We put projects on the backburner, and we feel super bummed out when we don’t meet our own ridiculously high expectations.

As a recovering perfectionist, I know firsthand the damage this kind of attitude can have on an online business. I also understand where the desire to be perfect comes from—we’re putting our precious work out there online for everyone to see! The internet is forever! It has to look professional!

Do these excuses sound familiar? Don’t be embarrassed, I’ve made them too. But if I’ve learned one thing in my years as an online entrepreneur, it’s this:

DONE is better than PERFECT.

So today, I’m talking to you about my experiences with perfectionism, pointing out the harm you may not even realize your perfectionism is causing, and of course, teaching you how to EMBRACE your imperfections and get the heck out of your own way.

I’m on a mission to leave perfectionism in the dust, keep my own business on the up and up, and help others grow their businesses, too, along the way. Care to join me?

In today's episode we discuss the following:

  • What Does Perfectionism Look Like?
  • Taking pride in your “perfectionism.”
  • Setting unrealistic expectations for yourself.
  • You’re terrified of failing.
  • Getting defensive when you feel inadequate.
  • Your self-esteem is directly proportional to how “successful” you feel. 
  • You’re a procrastinator.
  • You think of yourself as a “high achiever.”





One of the most harmful myths out there about perfectionists is that “perfectionist” is a synonym for “high achiever.” Sorry if this rubs you the wrong way, but that’s not true! See, high achievers are people who push themselves to do great things. Like perfectionists, they value success. But UNLIKE perfectionists, high achievers see the value in the journey. They enjoy making mistakes because it means they’re learning and growing. They use imperfect experiences to fuel themselves and climb to new heights. Perfectionists, on the other hand, get bogged down by their shortcomings and almost always end up achieving less than your typical high achievers because we get in our own way.

Do you recognize any of these traits in yourself?

If you do, don’t worry. I’ve been exactly where you are. For brevity’s sake, I’ll leave it at that, but be sure to listen to the full podcast episode for the scoop on how I realized I was facing a perfectionism problem in my business and what I did to overcome my perfectionism.

So What Can You Do About It?

Look—this isn’t going to be easy or comfortable, but nothing worthwhile is. I broke out of my perfectionism cycle, and today, we’re going to break you out of yours too.



  • Embrace Progress & Push Forward.



  • Ignore the Haters.



  • Take Imperfect Action.



  • Enjoy the Journey!



  • Reflect on How Far You’ve Come.



I know that’s a lot to take in, but you’ve got this! Feel free to bookmark this blog for some quick inspiration next time your perfectionism is getting the best of you, and be sure to listen to WWW.VERONICASAGASTUME.COM/EPISODE29 for a deep-dive into everything we just summarized.

I often close out my podcasts with an inspirational reminder to take imperfect action, and today more than ever, that seems like an appropriate note to end on. I hope this information gives you the motivation and confidence you need to let go of your sense of perfection and just start moving forward. IMPERFECTION IS BEAUTIFUL. Embrace your imperfections and get out of your own way today!

Now It’s Your Turn . . .

I’d love to hear from you. head on over to, scroll on down to that comments box and let me know:

Are you a perfectionist? And if you are (or if you’re a recovering perfectionist like me), how do you embrace your imperfections?

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I’ll see you next week when we’ll talk about How to Make Money Online With Your Knowledge, Skills, & Expertise. I’m really looking forward to this one and think you’ll get a lot out of it!

Thank you for showing up for me, for yourself, and for your business. Bye for now!


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