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5 ways to Embrace Imperfection as A Small Business Owner

Perfectionism is a dream killer. Many people have great business ideas but are reluctant to start because they want everything to go perfectly.

Most of us are afraid of others seeing our mistakes and blunders. That fear is normal. But, to grow, we have got to be willing to mess up along the way. Embracing our imperfect selves enables us to progress.

Here are five ways to accept and embrace your imperfection as a small business owner.

Use Positive Self-talk

You can reach any goal and solve any problem.

Take time to connect with yourself. Understand your thoughts and actions. Identify your goals and the issues you’re facing. You can only work on problems you’re aware of. And you can only work toward goals you’re able to articulate. The ability to lock in on your goals and issues is half the solution. For the win, work through them with focus, persistence, and positive self-talk.

Positive self-talk sounds like this: It will work out. I can manage this stress. There is a solution. It is hopeful and expects good results. Speak to yourself like this while being honest about what you want, where you are, and what needs improvement.

Stop Comparing

Often, when we become bitter or angry and crave perfection, it’s because we are comparing ourselves to others. As a small business owner with still limited experience, it’s unrealistic to compare yourself to large companies who have been in the industry for ten plus years. You cannot compete with them.

It is best to be your own competition instead. Strive to become better than you were yesterday. This is much healthier than making unreasonable comparisons. When you compare your businesses to others, you are restricting your growth. Compete with you and allow yourself to succeed.

Be Honest with Yourself

Greatness demands a willingness to recognize and accept our flaws. If we cannot admit our shortcomings, it will be impossible to correct them. If your business is behind because you’ve been procrastinating instead of doing essential tasks, accept it as a weakness on your part. Acknowledging your issues and weaknesses enables you to seek solutions.

As a business owner, accept your own issues and consistently work to enhance your performance. There is always room for growth and development.

Move On

Many people are stranded- stuck in past failures and emotionally tied to their flaws. It prevents them from earnest progression.

If you want to become a better person, learn to move on. For your business to grow, you must accept mistakes as they occur and move past them. Beating yourself up will not contribute to your business’s growth potential. 

Don’t Be Too Tough on Yourself

Don’t be too stiff. You are not the only one who makes mistakes.

We all make mistakes, and we all have our flaws. Don’t pressure yourself to perform perfectly. If you have a business meeting, and it flops, accept it. Channel the hurt toward learning how to do better next time.

Instead of being aggressive with yourself, love yourself. Accept your flaws, appreciate your strengths, and don’t stop working to improve.


Accept that you will not figure everything out at once. We cannot know much before starting. And we will not know it all even as we go through it. If you wait for things to be perfect, it may prevent you from accomplishing something worthwhile.

Do your best in every moment: Make sure your self-talk is positive. Don’t compare yourself to others. Be honest with yourself. Let go of mistakes. And don’t be too tough on yourself.

Business is an ever-changing process. Free yourself from perfectionism and enjoy the journey.

5 ways to Embrace Imperfection as A Small Business Owner
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