A few months ago I did a video training for so many eyeballs I literally was sweating ...
The video was about transitioning from an employee to an entrepreneur. This topic is near and dear to my heart because I lived it and on some levels, I’m still living it. Personal experience is a great teacher, isn’t it?
When I opened my own business, I had NO IDEA how many bad habits I had. Being an employee for twenty years taught me some things that weren’t helpful when I became my own boss. I had some serious BAD HABITS that needed to be scrubbed out so I could succeed as an entrepreneur.
And my guess is you might struggle with one or more of these bad habits too especially if you’ve ever been an employee or if you’ve ever managed employees.
I’ve found that there are 8 specific areas that consistently pop for new entrepreneurs and today I want to share some thoughts on perfectionism and how it impacts duplication.
I love this quote from Brene Brown,
“Perfection is a self-destructive belief system that fuels this primary thought; if I look perfect and do everything perfectly, I can avoid or minimize the painful feelings of shame, judgment, and blame.”
This is one of those ugly habits that has a greater impact than you might think. And you might be surprised to learn that entrepreneurs are comfortable producing lousy work while employees are the opposite. Employees strive for perfection which slows them down and impacts their ability to learn.
It makes sense when you dive into it. Employees, constantly under the watchful eye of their bosses, are afraid to screw up. Who wants to be fired or put on probation so perfectionism rears its ugly head and nestles into a career with ease.
But entrepreneurs thrive on lousy work because putting out lousy work means that they're producing, and it’s better to create and fail than to not create at all.
If you struggle with perfectionism meaning you want everything to be perfect before you make a move or before you share anything with your organization, you’re operating in the EXACT opposite of how a network marketing model works.
The “EARN WHILE YOU LEARN” model is designed to embrace imperfections and the idea of failing forward. Get in the trenches and get dirty, making mistakes and adjusting as you go. This shows your team that it’s okay not to know to everything before getting into action.
So, how comfortable are you with the unknown? Not having all the answers? The leader that is stuck in perfectionism is creating an organization that is stuck in it too which SLOWS everybody down. And we all know, it’s way more fun to go FAST in network marketing!
It’s time to GET COMFORTABLE being uncomfortable and doing what you don’t feel ready to do. Action provides clarity so get moving and let your team see you doing things messy.
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