5 Steps to Stop Letting Perfectionism Hold You Back

Jake Wilder
6 min readOct 31, 2022

A Guide from a Recovering Perfectionist

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“Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving,” advised Neil Gaiman in his sixth rule of writing and David Foster Wallace similarly warned, “If your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything.” But while most of us understand the dangers of perfectionism, we still seem to find ourselves falling victim to it.

Jake Wilder

I don’t know where I’m going. But at least I know how to get there.