My Strength Is Actually My Weakness
Have you ever been on a job interview and the interviewer asked you “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”
Most career coaches would advise you to answer this question in the following manner:
Tell the interviewer your strengths.
Tell the interviewer your weaknesses, but your weaknesses are actually a strength or a good quality.
In my case one of my greatest qualities, yet one of my greatest weaknesses is that I am a perfectionist. The sad truth is as an aspiring online marketer my desire to develop the perfect product and to learn everything about internet marketing has honestly cost me a lot of money.
It Took Me 3 Years To Launch My eBook
In 2008 I wrote an eBook on the basics stock market investing but I did not really promote or distribute the book until 2011. Why? Because I was trying to make my website perfect and I was trying to learn everything about marketing online. At the moment, I am actually offering the ebook for free using it to promote my website How To Be A Stock Market Player.
The Book That Shifted My Thinking
In 2010, I purchased a system called Butterfly Marketing or BFM. If you are not familiar with Butterfly Marketing it is an internet marketing system created by Mike Filsaime, who is a legend in the internet marketing community.
After purchasing the BFM system, I was having a lot of issues setting it up. Consequently, I began searching online for help with setting up the program. Eventually I found a guy, Bob The Teacher, who created a program which shows people how to set up their Butterfly Marketing websites. I was so satisfied with his product that I decided to sign up for is email list on his blog.
A couple of weeks later, I received an email promoting his new book entitled “Take Action! Revise Later: A Simple Guide to Success in Business”. The price of the book was ridiculously low so I decided to give it a try. And I am so glad that I did. The book literally exposed me as a perfectionist which, unfortunately, led to indecisiveness, procrastination, and, ultimately, no progress.
A couple of points that Bob highlights in the “Take Action Revise Later” book are:
Just put your work out there. Get it done, and then adjust or revise according to the data and feedback you get from actual customers. You can always update, improve, or change.
Use your mistakes to create systems and best practices. Basically, you figure out what works and what doesn't work. You include the stuff that does work in your system and throw out the rest.
Very Important. You will never be 100% ready. You just have to do.
Final Thoughts on Taking Action
While I still fall victim to perfectionism at times, this book has allowed me to consciously acknowledge my problem. As a result, I am constantly evaluating my production and keeping track of how much time I am using to learn new information. I also think that I am more productive after reading the book.
If you are a person trying to start a business, create a product, or just do something special and you find yourself always saying things like:
If I only had this...
Once I have this, then I can...
I want it to be just right (perfect)...
You are a perfectionist, which is leading to indecision, inactivity, and, most likely, keeping you from success.
Believe it or not, what you have may be good enough or already perfect. The fact is if you never take action, then you will never know. Remember, if it just so happens to not be good enough, you can always revise to make it better.