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Perfection doesn’t equal success

Claire Thomas, Early Intellect

"Everything does not have to be perfect all the time. This seems obvious, but when I first started as a creator, this is not something I took into account. I thought I had to be perfect to start and perfect to show up for my audience and customers consistently. I had to learn that perfection does not always equate to success, and in striving for perfection, I was actually limiting myself.

Don’t get me wrong, not being perfect does not mean not giving quality content, products, or services to your audience or customers. Not being perfect does not mean not doing and giving your best. What it does mean is that you do not need brand new equipment, the highest quality 4K camera, or microphone to host a webinar. It means not waiting to have hair, nails, and makeup done every time I want to communicate with my audience. It meant doing the best with what I had and showing up authentically, even if it was not perfect.

It took me a while to find a good balance. I still constantly have to remind myself of this. My audience is not looking for perfection. They are looking for real solutions to their problems, they are looking for consistency, and they are looking for quality resources.

My advice to any creator just starting out and feeling like they don’t have the perfect tools, website, or aesthetic is to do it anyway. You don’t have to be perfect to start. Use what you have and start where you are."

Advice Contributor

Claire Thomas

Claire Thomas is an educator, advocate for early learning and early childhood education, and the founder of Early Intellect.

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