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Light and Dark

Light and Dark

If you write one page a day—300 to 400 words, perhaps—in one month you’ll have 30 pages, or an ebook. In five months you’ll have a book manuscript (about 65,000 words). Of course, in just two weeks you’d have a sample chapter for a book proposal for a publisher. A lot of people can’t write one word a day.

Most people hiding behind “perfectionism” are usually using a euphemism for fear. They claim they are delaying and procrastinating because they are afraid their results won’t be “perfect.” But what they are actually afraid of is critique. They fear their work will be disliked, that they will be seen as somehow inferior.

All playwrights, writers, actors, athletes, entertainers, executives, and statesman have had some lousy work and made poor decisions. But that’s how they’ve improved. Errors reveal what can be done better. That’s the difference between seeking success and excellence on the one hand, and perfectionism on the other. The former sees the light of day, the latter shelters in the darkness of fear.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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