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Scared of Being Imperfect

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At the heart of perfectionism for me is fear and control.

When we try to make something perfect, what we’re really doing is trying to control people’s perception of us.

We’re afraid of looking dumb, or inadequate, or careless, and so we tinker and tinker until we remove any opportunity for potential embarrassment or rejection.

But when we do that, I think we’re giving the things we make a little too much power.

We’re saying that our work output IS our worth, and that’s why the risk of launching something imperfect feels so fear-inducing.

Fear of looking dumb and being caught out as (inadequately) self-taught are my stumbling blocks. Fear that I’m not as good as I think I am. But, even if I’m not, I’ll never find out till I share my work.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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