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TYE 157: The Gift of Imperfection (Why I’ve Been Away From Podcasting)

Aug 28, 2023
Shelli Varela, TED-Talk, female-firefighter, inspiring-women, inspiring-ringtone

Today, I want to talk about accepting and embracing the wonderful gift of imperfection. As someone who has struggled with perfectionism, I realize it’s been holding me back from creating content lately, including this podcast.

Oddly enough, as a speaker, podcaster and content creator, I am not comfortable in the spotlight. The amount of times I’ve shied away from posting videos or recording interviews because I hated how I looked that day, or the lighting was off, or I just didn’t feel “camera ready” is more than I can count. And it has let so much magic go to waste.

If we continue waiting for the perfect moment to offer the world our gifts, they’ll stay locked away forever. That’s the beautiful thing about imperfection: it releases all that magic, no matter how it looks on the outside. Because doing it imperfectly is better than not doing it at all.

Sometimes you just gotta grip it n’ rip it (like this episode). Believe me, it feels good.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to overcome perfectionism 
  • Why we need to stop worrying about our appearance
  • How to build confidence 
  • How to confidently step out from behind the scenes 
  • How to overcome fear of being on camera
  • How to learn to accept and appreciate imperfect


Links mentioned in this episode:

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


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