Perfectionism and Creative Thinking

Martha Stewart attributes her success to the fact that she is a perfectionist and has said that perfectionism can be both profitable and admirable when creating any kind of artistic content. This is a trait other successful artists also share, from actress Michelle Pfeiffer to Barbra Streisand to director James Cameron. While exact attention to detail and perfectionism can certainly contribute to the pursuit of excellence, however, there is an understood need to temper the drive for perfection. Perfectionism, unchecked, can lead to dampening the creative drive as it can create fear of being a fraud when perfection can’t be achieved and prohibit experimentation by making people wary of investing time into “wrong” paths.

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