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Waiting for Perfect with L'Oreal Thompson Payton


For many people, especially those of color, we’re taught never to show our underbelly - never to move forward with anything until it’s perfect. It’s almost ingrained in us to wait for perfection before we make a move, which, in reality, only results in delays and sometimes even forfeitures. So how can we get out of our own way and stop waiting for perfection?

In this episode, author and award-winning journalist L'Oreal Thompson Payton gets triggered as she talks about what it means to wait for perfect, how it affects us, how it shows up in our lives, and what we can do about it. From her fertility journey to COVID lockdowns to writing her first book, tune in as L’Oreal shares her experiences with perfectionism, and when it hurt her as well as served her.


  • How L’Oreal’s fertility journey taught her to release control
  • Steps to overcome the need for perfection
  • The connection between procrastination and perfection
  • “Done is better than perfect.”
  • Releasing perfectionism in your relationships
  • Why we need to learn how to rest
  • Can perfectionism ever be useful?


“You can't control life. You can do your best, and you can show up, and you can try again. But you can't be perfect all the time. Nor should you.” - L'Oreal Thompson Payton

“Perfect is the enemy of good. As Black women, we have been conditioned from the womb to work twice as hard to get half as much.” - L'Oreal Thompson Payton


L'Oreal Thompson Payton


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