I used to think I was a perfectionist … until I met one.
Even so, I have many traits of a perfectionist.
The upside is that it made me detail oriented, something employers love.
On the other hand, I had high standards for myself as well as those around me. I was intolerant of less than perfect from anyone.
Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart attribute their success to their perfectionism.
Lisa Evans, in her post How Perfection Can Ruin Your Business, talks about the downside of being a perfectionist.
While some aspects of perfectionism can be helpful in reaching one’s potential, the perfectionist attitude also has some downfalls that can seriously hinder both personal and professional growth.
Can you relate to any of these? I sure can.
- Perfectionists avoid taking risks.
- Perfectionists are inflexible.
- Perfectionists take too long to get things done.
- Perfectionism can affect relationships with employees and co-workers.