Being The Perfect Entrepreneur Can Wreak Havoc in Your Life

If you strive to be “The Perfect Entrepreneur,” you may want to revisit that goal. If you're an established, or new business owner, you already have the skills, drive, and ambition to succeed. An entrepreneur who aims for complete perfection will set up an immediate roadblock to success. Before we get into the nitty gritty, let’s start with the definition.


Defining Perfectionism

We often use this term as a matter-of-fact when we describe ourselves as a perfectionist. This word dating back to the 1800s, is still prevalent today. Note that there’s a difference between a meticulous character trait and perfectionism disorder.

If we look at the root word, perfect, meaning flawless is unrealistic. No one is perfect, and goals set to this high standard are rarely, or never met. Consequently you begin to walk down a path of disappointment, shame or depression. These emotions may replay for days, weeks, months, or longer in your head.

Webster defines perfectionism as: “ a disposition to regard anything short of perfection as unacceptable; the setting of unrealistically demanding goals accompanied by a disposition to regard failure to achieve them as unacceptable and a sign of personal worthlessness.

Perfection is a twenty ton shield that we lug around thinking it will protect us when, in fact, it’s the thing that’s really preventing us from taking flight.” Brene Brown    

Another characteristic of perfectionist behavior is when you begin to judge your self-worth solely based on your ability to strive for, and achieve unrelenting standards. In addition to your need to be without errors, mistakes, or other traits of humanity, you try and please others. As a result, if they do not respond the way you "need" them to respond, you are a few steps closer to despair.

Procrastination, Disorganization, Oh My

Do you ever feel like a hamster running on an endless, spinning wheel? Each day you set your intentions to accomplish a multitude of tasks. Your list is made, but when the day ends, you realize that you did not complete one item from your list. Instead, you have chosen to rewrite an article that was already approved by your client; another tell tale sign of needing to be perfect.

How to Know if You're a Perfectionist


Polarities exist in every aspect of our lives – the good and the bad, the yin and the yang. When perfectionism takes over your life, it becomes unhealthy in more ways than one. You lost a big account, your self-judgment is out of control, stress, anxiety and depression soon pay a visit; which may result in health issues. Your attempt to create a successful business is now a vicious circle of self-doubt, and low self-esteem.

Traits of the Perfect Entrepreneur

  • You insist that others do things your way.
  • You feel that no matter what you do, it's not enough.
  • You feel you have to re-do work that others have already done.
  • You feel like you have to be a super achiever in order to gain the approval of others.
  • You are always afraid of failing, so you never begin what you intended to do.
  • You obsessively go over your work, feeling dissatisfied with the result.

Everyone has the capability to become a Super Star! If you feel that your need to be flawless has gotten in the way of your success – you can fix it.  By implementing proven business systems that you love, you will eliminate the need for re-work and have more success.

Just contact Gain Advantages for your complimentary phone consultation. Your professional business coach will get you on the right path with actionable tips you can implement immediately.  You will begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Nancy Gaines

Nancy Gaines is CEO/Founder of Gain Advantages Inc. and has been advising small businesses and Fortune 100 companies how to increase revenues through proven systems for almost two decades. She is a best-selling author and international keynote speaker. Nancy has been named in the Top 100 Productivity Experts to follow on Twitter and has a global podcast downloaded in over 95 countries. Her main focus is creating business processes with actionable steps so her clients achieve more consistency, ease, and ultimate success.