Startup Tip 66: Why perfectionism will kill your Startup and how to beat it into a pulp before it does

I’ve recorded this short video for you today because I wanted to have a bit of a heart to heart about how Perfectionism will kill your startup – and how to beat it into a pulp before it does. Very blood thirsty I know!

It is a problem for many of us – and you probably already know if I’m talking to you. 🙂

In the video I talk about two ways Perfectionism can trip us up as entrepreneurs;

  1. by stopping us from working or
  2. by making us work too much.

It sounds contradictory I know, but you’ll have to watch the video to get the inside scoop. 🙂 Watch here:


So what do we do about this? We need practice not being a perfectionist.

I challenge you to join me over the next 30 days in picking one thing per day that you will finish. Make it something that you can finish in the day. If you’re working on something big, chunk it down into smaller tasks and finish one per day.

Then, when it’s good enough – not when it’s perfect – get it out there or sign off on it or whatever you need to do to know it’s done.

Let’s talk in the comments

If I’m talking to you, then fess up. Tell us what you’re going to do to get on top of perfectionism and let us know how you go.

Image by Kelly Parker. Used under Creative Commons license


  1. I was really touched by today’s tip.

    There’s this startup idea I have been trying to start but I am waiting for the perfect time… For a financial safety net…

    I ‘m just going to start one thing a day

    • Awesome, awesome, awesome!! Go for it!
      And report back tomorrow and let me know how you go. (Nothing like a bit of accountability to force us to get stuff done.) 🙂

  2. Thanks Susan, I like that challenge.
    I came upon a quote yesterday which I like:
    ” If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late” – Reid Hoffman (Linkedin Founder)

  3. Love this Susan thank you – I have already challenged myself to publish a blog post on my new personal blog every day this month because striving for perfection was causing me not to post anything at all.

    So far so good 🙂

  4. I totally agree with you Susan that often we need to be satisfied with ‘good enough’ and just get it out. The first version of my website was terrible but I was not afraid to make it live and to start talking to press about it. I built my first group of loyal customers from that terrible website.

  5. Thanks for the tip Susan! Going to start it from today onwards 🙂


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