Be amazing … be yourself!

by | Mar 12, 2014 | Authenticity, Power Thoughts

In honor of Women’s History Month, all the Power Thoughts in March will be from women authors.

Anna Quindlen
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“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”
~ Anna Quindlen

What this quote means to entrepreneurial authors:
Perfection is overrated. And I know this from experience, because I’m a recovering perfectionist. I used to let the details of getting something perfect prevent me from accomplishing things I wanted to accomplish.

Sometimes you’ve got to recognize when something is good enough. And now that we live in a world where entrepreneurial authors can get their work out as an ebook first, perfect it using actual feedback from actual readers, and then deliver it via print-on-demand, there is no excuse for letting perfectionism paralyze you and prevent you from achieving great things.

The flip side of this is when you constantly strive for perfection, you often leave authenticity on the table. These days consumers … your readers … aren’t looking for some uber-polished plastic-perfect super-model to follow. They are looking for real people who have had real experiences and can show them the way.

When you work at being yourself and you share that journey with your following, you build a stronger following.

So do the hard work. Be amazing. Be yourself.


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