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TYE 154: How to overcome perfectionism and embrace the messy steps to success

Jan 30, 2023
Shelli Varela, TED-Talk, female-firefighter, inspiring-women, perfectionism, overcoming fear

Perfectionism is a killer of hopes and dreams. The challenge is learning to accept and embrace the messy, imperfect steps necessary to create momentum. It’s how every successful person gets to the top of the mountain, and why so many people never reach it.

This quick episode is about my holistic approach to doing things the most human way possible: imperfectly. Please listen, share and I hope this lights your fire to keep taking messy, imperfect steps forward to your ultimate “yes!”

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why people often fail at their goals
  • Why New Year's Resolutions often fail
  • The compound effect 
  • How successful people manage failure
  • How to overcome perfectionism



“You can’t get to the top of your mountain unless you’re willing to deal with your own humanity where you’re going to be doing it imperfectly. The question is: are you going to be doing it?”

“It’s always going to be messy and ugly. The only thing that matters is ‘can I keep going?’”


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