“Nothing in life is pure.
It’s not supposed to be.
You can’t stop life from being messy,
so get over it.”
~ Silas Weir Mitchell as Monroe,
Grimm, “Tribunal,” Season 4, Episode 10
What this quote means to women entrepreneurs:
Are you suffering from perfectionism? Do you hold yourself back from releasing offerings, networking, speaking or doing other things you need to do to grow your business because you’re waiting for something to be “just right”?
Waiting for perfection — or just-right-ness — is a very good way to kill your business. I know this from experience. For many years, I held back from speaking or creating video because I was unhappy with the way I looked. During my less-than-happy marriage I had put on an extra 55 pounds and barely recognized myself in the mirror. I felt embarrassed about the way I looked and hid behind my desk.
Well, as you can see from the video content on this very website that I’ve gotten over that … and I still haven’t released all the weight I want to. What I’ve learned is that people are more interested in what I have to share than what I look like. And so I allowed life to be messy and got over it.
Where are you holding yourself back, waiting for some form of “purity” to reveal itself to you? I invite you to get over it, allow things to be a little messy. Don’t wait for perfection. Put out what’s good and tweak it to great along the way.
I’m not saying put out crap. But if its worthwhile, allow it to be less than perfect. You can always improve and release better versions as you go. And, sometimes, putting out what you have gives you valuable market research, empowering you to tweak the final version to your target market’s actual desires, rather than your estimations of their desires.
Now It’s Your Turn:
Do you agree with my interpretation of today’s quote? Why or why not? What are your thoughts on messiness in life and business? Please share your ideas, experiences and sage wisdom in a comment below.