The Perfection Curse cripples most bloggers.
Thank goodness I never fell into this category.
I am all for looking professional, conveying a trusted brand image and being a blogger 100% committed to building a blog the right way. But I am very imperfect. Ok; I am quite imperfect. Much of what I do makes little sense to most bloggers.
I barely have an email list. My writing style makes purists cringe. I broke so many rules I may as well be blogging off the grid metaphorically, which is fitting because I do so sometimes, geographically.
Guys; stop being so rough and tough on yourself. Stop trying to be perfect. Humans cannot be perfect. But we can become successful by being quite imperfect.
I became a pro blogger by being imperfect so I want to help you become a pro from the same imperfect, accepting energy.
Love and Accept Yourself and Your Style
I largely love and accept myself and I do a fine job loving and accepting my blogging style.
Most bloggers criticize themselves heavily, secretly hating themselves and rejecting their uniqueness. I invite my unique traits, including my quirky writing style, bush league podcasts and rough and ready videos. I am quite imperfect in all I do but accept it; people love me for this, because we all love a guy or gal comfortable in their own blogging shoes.
Love and accept yourself. Be at peace with your flaws, because accepting your flaws makes you incredibly confident and attractive in a world of unconfident people who reject their uniqueness.
registered 48 five star reviews out of 51 reviews on Amazon. Why? I give readers permission to succeed by writing in their own unique voice, however that voice sounds. Accept yourself. Accept your blogging style.
Edit Once then Publish
I developed the skill of editing eBooks and blog posts once before publishing. Sure I missed a few typos here and there but doing so made me quite comfortable with my mistakes, errors and with criticism I might receive by allowing errors in my published posts and eBooks.
Life is a big old mistake, in many ways. I say this not from a negative, dour viewpoint but from the mildly enlightened stance of how we are all fallible, imperfect human beings who make mistakes.
Even if you try to do your best blogging job, you will err, so it’s better to edit once, to publish, and to slowly but gradually improve so you do your best job and write a dazzling post on one take, aka, with only a single edit.
Allowing mistakes to slip through makes you the scorn of perfectionists, which is the ideal situation. Perfectionists sit there and find fault, wasting precious time criticizing other bloggers, while you publish 2 more pieces of content and experience greater blogging success, all because you are at peace with your imperfections.
Study World Famous Successes Who Reached the Top Despite their Imperfections and Not Being the Most Skilled Folks in their Field
I am sitting in New Jersey, in the USA, right now. I live in a little town where international rock star Jon Bon Jovi grew up, not 4 minutes from where I am writing these words. He became one of the wealthiest and most popular singers of all time but most agree he was not the most skilled singer, nor, the best entertainer. He was far from perfect and others exceeded his skills but he became one of the most popular, influential, wealthiest musicians of all time despite his many seeming imperfections.
He outworked everybody and simply accepted himself as he was, being content to gain such massive exposure that he reached the top of his chosen field.
Study icons like Jon Bon Jovi. Again and again, you see super stars like Arnold the Terminator, with his heavy Austrian accent that was supposed to ruin his acting career, to Cindy Crawford, whose mole should have destroyed her modeling career, who turned their seeming glaring imperfections into their most treasured assets.
Arnold will forever be known for his line, “I’ll be back,”, uttered in a drab Austrian accent in the Terminator movie. He made hundreds of millions of dollars as a movie star. Cindy Crawford became perhaps the most famous model of all time because of her mole, turning this imperfection into her calling card.
If these people became world famous despite having imperfections, and not being incredibly skilled, so can you.
Become a pro the imperfect way.