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  1. I just finished a book called … Finish by John Acuff which is all about killing the lies that perfectionism tells us. Such a good book.

    Thanks Carrie. We still watch your music videos.

  2. Great words of encouragement, reminds me a lot of a book I read earlier this year, Linchpin by Seth Godin.
    It can be hard to ship when there’s always just “one more thing” that we could do. But no one benefits if you don’t ship, so ship already!

  3. Okay, now that I stopped crying I can write this. Thank you Carrie for sharing your own challenges and solutions. I really needed this reminder to stop listening to those negative thoughts. My favorite was your quote from Matt Mullenweg. And here I was thinking I was the only one embarrassed.

  4. Carrie — This is such a refreshing (and brave) piece. I appreciate your openness to talk about your struggles, and what you’re doing to overcome them. I’ve been struggling with my “company of one” lately, as well. My analysis paralysis stems from a combination of perfectionism & comparison.

    There were SO many things in this post that resonated with me…

    – Saying No: I’ve gotten better, but still need to work on it.
    – The anecdote about not commenting on a forum thread because we question our expertise. I’ve most certainly been there in the past, but will try to erase any doubt in the future.
    – You spend hours editing your podcasts. For me, it’s videos. I could edit them for days until they’re… dare I say…perf–NO! I’m not going to say it 🙂

    I also want to say thanks for all the quotes and book references you mentioned. One of my recent goals is to step away from my computer a little more and read some books. You’ve provided several to add to my list.

    OK, now I have to admit that it definitely took me longer than 5 seconds to get out of bed this morning, and I have yet to do the hardest thing of my day (and it’s 11:45am). But thankfully, I just learned a new trick 😉


    • Thank you so much for your comment, Dave. It’s good to know I’m not the only one. 🙂

      I listened (vs read) all of the books I mentioned. If you think that’d be helpful to you, try The first book is free to new members (I think). If not, let me know and I can send the “first one’s free” invite from my account.

      5-4-3-2-1 GET DRESSED FOR THE DAY! 🙂

  5. You’re the best! Thank you for this post. I love the Nicholas Cage video, my brain does that too. I also discovered Mel Robbins just this week and was inspired by her launching herself like a rocket out of bed. I think getting out around people helps me the most, as I tend to isolate. I definitely will refer to this post again the next time I’m trapped in the dark neighborhood side of my brain. Love you Carrie!

  6. Well said my friend! Thanks for the courage to write & publish this. We live in both amazing and challenging times. As much as I love having so much at our fingertips it doesn’t help the narrative in the mind. When it ‘appears’ that everyone else doesn’t struggle (even though our logical minds tell us otherwise) it makes the tough times that much tougher.

    I found Mel Robbins earlier this year as well, love the 5 second rule. Can’t say I always use it, but the approach has worked wonders for me.

    The beauty of weathering enough tough times is that now I have that narrative in my mind too… “you won’t stay here” (also with the help of an amazing therapist & medication).

    My only complaint… you added like 5 books to my reading list! 🙂

    Here are a couple for you:
    1) The Obstacle is The Way by Ryan Holiday (LOVE his work)
    2) The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

    The second really helped me with small, consistent action.

    Love this girl, thank you!

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