“Vulnerability armor” is a great descriptor that 99U speaker Brene Brown uses regularly in her new book, Daring Greatly. And guess what type of armor creatives like to hide behind? Perfectionism.

Here’s Brown:

Perfectionism is not the key to success. In fact, research shows that perfectionism is correlated with depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis or missed opportunities. The fear of failing of making mistakes, not meeting people’s expectations, and being criticized keeps us outside of the arena where healthy competition and striving unfolds.

Give yourself permission to fail.

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