We should celebrate our imperfections because it's our 'brokeness' that differentiates and makes us stronger. Your pursuit of perfection might be creating the largest blind spots in your career.
My imperfections have resulted in more mistakes than most and I have found none to be fatal. I now recognize that there are four things you MUST do to leverage imperfection and create opportunity:
1. Recognize the need to change. I've been told I have a great sense of timing. Nope, just the recognition that opportunity is the convergence of timing AND execution.
2. Be accountable for where we find ourselves. It's not a manager, a peer, or the company. WE are responsible for our current position and circumstances.
3. Be able to forgive/forget yourself and move beyond. The final step in any successful change initiative is an event or threshold crossed. Your ability to move on and get beyond is that threshold.
4. Finally (and critical), find a thought partner, mentor or coach with qualities that include: ability to forgive, aptitude for teaching/coaching, and get all-in with you.
#MondayMotivation from George Bernard Shaw: "Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time."