I was fortunate enough to have the chance to work for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for three years. Jeff Rakes was the CEO while I was there and he frequently quoted Voltaire; “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” The Foundation was a place comprised almost entirely of type A overachievers, so perfectionism was truly an issue we struggled with as an organization.
I personally fit the mold in every way, and I find myself wrestling with this issue on this very blog. This is a space I created not only to share my expertise in the areas where I’m really skilled, but I also want it to be a place I can talk about the things I struggle with.
I’ve spent the last two years making some monumental changes in my life and I’ve been taking a good hard look at myself in the process. My MBTI (find yours here), my strengths as identified by StrengthsFinder, writing through The Desire Map and Designing Your Life, doing a couple of Brene Brown’s workshops on her website, and reconnecting with my family and my “roots” friends have helped me discover who I really am at this point in my life. I’ve been able to see how I tend to get lost in certain roles I play in my life, and now, I’m seeing the parts I’ve been sticking my head in the sand about for all of my adulthood. I’m getting to the really hard stuff, but it’s also going to be the stuff that helps me grow the most.
Feel the fear and do it anyway.
So my commitment to myself is to write every day. I learn, I struggle, I grow, I live this crazy life every single day… But I’ve got a lot to say and writing is how I process, my most articulate form of communication, and essential to my happiness, so I’m going to stop being afraid of it and just do it. More on each of the tools above to come… Thanks for coming along on my journey!