The Opposite of
Perfectionism Is Progress
"If I'm not the best, than what am I?" This is the question Tal Shavit, a member of our community, while she was failing to perform at her previous job. Titled as a "special advisor to the CEO", this job was her first job in the business sector after many years she was leading in the non profit world, and all she wanted was to continue doing what she knows to do best; kick ass, make everyone obsessed about her performance and just want more out of her.
But Tal found herself paralyzed instead. Dealing with most of the tasks for the first time and being afraid to perceived as not knowledgable- she refrained from one of the most important actions in every learning process; she didn't ask for help.
How often does our will of being perceived as "successful", "capable", "independent" or overall "perfect" prevents us from becoming the next version of ourselves? How often does our fear of being perceived as failing leads us to a real failure? And how would our lives look like if we were admitting to be human, and let ourselves ask questions and make mistakes on our way?
Answering these questions, and following her intuition is what led Tal to not repeat the same mistakes for the second time.
Ironically or not- changing her ways, and allowing herself not to try to be perfect on the way, made her more successful. This is what got her accepted to McKinsey. McKinsey receives hundreds of thousands of applications annually, and is only accepting 10 percent of applicants. And Tal is one of them.
Listen to our interview with her to learn how. And remember to be yourself, because anything else makes other people and especially you to feel uncomfortable.