Updated: Jul 3
Episode 3 of The Creativity for All Podcast has been the ideal opportunity for me to delve into the tricky relationship between perfectionism and creativity.
To most of us perfectionism is a badge of honour, the personality trait you brag about in interviews or performance reviews, the indispensable ingredient to a successful career, to a successful life. It’s the engine driving us fast, faster and faster for the most perfectionist among us.
Perfectionism pushes us to always do better, to challenge ourselves further, ignoring any progress or accomplishments, while often putting our health and well-being at risk.
When it comes to creativity, is perfectionism our friend or our foe? Is it the engine we have to use in order to be creative or is it our very own poison, or both? Can we be creative without being perfectionists? Is it remotely possible?