Too often, when we fail to do something in a way we perceive to be “perfect,” we convince ourselves we are no good at it, and give up. The moment we give up our passions out of fear of imperfection, not only do we miss out on living part of our dream, but the world misses out on the fruits of that dream. Through lots of trial and endless errors, I’ve found that the antidote for this type of inertia is doing our imperfect best. Doing our imperfect best means accepting that even when we do our best, there will often be mistakes, flaws and rough edges . . . and that’s OK. By committing to doing our imperfect best we find the freedom to move forward. I now see that doing my imperfect best has led me to a much greater life than what my limited perspective of “perfect” could have ever hoped to achieve.

Jason Freeman, author of “Awkwardly Awesome: Embracing My Imperfect Best”, is a Bravery Coach who currently travels the country as a professional speaker. Yet for much of his life, Jason traversed a path of immense struggle. An early, traumatic birth occasioned by the loss of oxygen, resulted in a pronounced speech impediment and coordination awkwardness. Jason let this circumstance become a limitation that profoundly affected his life. He endeavored to become a perfectionist to compensate. Over the last 10 years, through much trial and error, Jason has found a new way of life for himself that has led to greater ease, happiness and success. He now finds immeasurable satisfaction in sharing this joy with family, friends, audiences and clients. T