Perfectionism as Laziness

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Someone mentioned in a podcast I was listening to this morning that perfectionism can be reframed as laziness. As in I am too lazy to do the hard work involved to get something done.

Very interesting idea. Perfectionism is often touted as a martyr-ific explanation for how much we care about something. Looking at it as lazy really pops that balloon and, at least for me, makes me realize how selfish it is to live in the constant cycle of processing and never completing.

There is much more I can give to the world and satisfaction gained by getting things done. Improvement can be made in the next round or project. As Seth Godin puts it, I need to just “ship it”.