1.14 Perfection: The Enemy of Progress

Course Overview

Ah, the perfectionist. We all know one in our life. Or…maybe you are one. But, isn’t working hard and having high standards helpful, especially at work? What determines when perfectionism is harmful or helpful? You don’t need to be perfect in order to be successful. But be aware that the need to get something perfectly right can also hold you back from making meaningful progress. At work, you’ll often find that having something done ends up being more important than having it done perfectly. You still want to do your best, but the fear of getting it wrong shouldn’t hold you back from moving forward. The details matter but the big picture is important too so let’s learn how to move forward from places where being perfect might have you stuck.  

Introductory Video

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, you will understand the following:

  • Discover what perfectionism is
  • Understand how perfectionism can undermine progress
  • Learn strategies to keep yourself moving when perfectionism has you stuck

Study Guide

We know that different people like to learn in different ways. If you like to write notes as you work through a course, here’s a handy study guide (.PDF) for you, in printable or “fillable” form. Use the printable version if you would like to print out the study guide and write down your notes. Or, if you prefer to use a PDF reader you can take notes on your favorite handheld device using the “fillable” version. 

Perfection: The Enemy of Progress Study Guide – Printable

Perfection: The Enemy of Progress Study Guide – Fillable PDF