Why Perfectionism Is A Roadblock To Success

WITH Ryan Koral


If you’re anything me, you have tons of great ideas that just never get off the ground. This is a common affliction of the entrepreneurial type. The source of this lack of action isn’t that it’s unfeasible or that you lack the skills to make it happen. It’s perfectionism.

For me, I’ve had this idea for a webinar for two years. The reason why it hasn’t happened yet is that I’ve wanted it to be perfect. I wanted it to have the best graphics, the perfect font, etc. By getting caught up in wanting every detail to be perfect, I became the architect of my own roadblocks.

I’ve discovered that clients are often far more impressed with my work than I am. By striving for what is perfect for you, you may be overlooking what your client actually wants. That quest for perfection can lead to lost time and profits. Instead, identify what your clients needs and wants, and shoot for that.

Try sharing your ideas, plans, and deadlines. I’ve found that this builds a sense of accountability. That, in turn, leads to action and helps me overcome perfection paralysis. 

How has perfectionism held you back? Let me know in the comments below!

In this Episode

  • The power of putting your ideas on paper
  • What happens when we obsess over the details
  • Why you are not defined by the quality of your work
  • What to say when you catch yourself getting bogged down in perfectionism
  • How failure leads to growth
  • Why sharing your ideas and deadlines leads to action


9:04“I wanted the videos that I made to be perfect. The problem with that is the longer you spend on a project, the less profitable you become.”
14:45“Creating something, doing something, and putting yourself out there is better than not.”
20:49“Every great story involves conflict. My favorite stories are the ones where people fail, but they rise up out of the ashes. They don’t stop. They keep moving forward.”



Ryan Koral

Ryan Koral is an entrepreneur, producer and business strategist from Tell Studios, a video production agency with a big heart for authentic stories that build brands and inspire action. He’s a husband (mostly happily for like 16+ years), has 3 kiddos, and has an annoying – but infectious – laugh.

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