Increase Your Influence Episode #8 – Find Ways to Fail

Posted on: July 11th, 2018 by Jen Mueller

If you say “I’m a perfectionist” you’re actually saying “I’m a procrastinator” because there’s no such thing as perfection.

I’ve met many people who pride themselves on being perfectionists. They point to their attention to detail, their willingness to re-do entire projects until they get it just right, and of course there’s a willingness to do more work than everyone else because no one else has that commitment to perfection.

Wanna know why? Because there’s no such thing as perfect. You can spend a lot of time trying to get there but it’s not going to happen. And while you’re trying to avoid mistakes and failures everyone else is spending time learning from their mistakes and failures, moving on and moving past you.

Your career development relies on moving forward, not stalling for time.

Here’s how I’d suggest moving forward – find ways to fail.

Before you start freaking out about what failure could cost your company or your career aspirations, watch the video. The type of failure I’m suggesting is the kind I experience during a live TV interview when I stumble over words, or ask a bad question. They’re scenarios that make me uncomfortable, but aren’t detrimental. After nearly 20 years in sports broadcasting I know interviews aren’t always going to go perfectly. As a business owner, I know there’s not going to be a perfect time to take the next step.

I understand that pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is challenging. It’s also what’s going to make you better. Calling yourself a perfectionist, or thinking of perfection as the ultimate goal, isn’t going to get you very far in your career.

It’s a subject I cover in The Influential Conversationalist, because it’s a topic that comes up with many of the athletes I work with.

If you haven’t picked up your copy, you can purchase it here.

I know you’ve got the skills to become a leader, let’s make sure you’ve got the messaging down and the conversation skills that get you noticed.



Jen Mueller is a veteran sports broadcaster and a rock star keynote presenter. Jen is a member of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast team and the sideline radio reporter for the Seattle Seahawks. Nearly 20 years inside professional locker rooms and communicating on television has given Jen an unique perspective on business communication. Hire Jen for your next event: