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{Monday MotiBright} “Start where you are…” ~ Arthur Ashe

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. ~ Arthur Ashe
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. ~ Arthur Ashe


Do you suffer from Perfection Paralysis?

You know – you never actually get anything done (or finished) because you’re constantly worried that it’s not ‘perfect’?

Or, you never start because YOU’RE not perfect?

You’re worried that you don’t know enough, haven’t done it right, have made a mistake, aren’t ready… etc etc?

It’s times like that when you should remember this quote.

You don’t have to be perfect to start. Guess what? No-one is.

Your shop/business doesn’t have to be perfect to launch. No business is ever perfect.

No business is ever DONE, either. No-one ever launches a business, then sits back and says ‘well, that’s done for the next 40 years, I’ll just keep things ticking over’.

No way, no how.

Every single day in business is an adventure and an experiment – and yes, a risk.

Just start. You will learn something every day.

Your business will grow over the months and years – much like a child. You don’t expect a child to be born fully-formed and perfect. They need years of experimentation, learning, and growth to reach maturity.

So it is with a business.

But if you never start – never birth the business into the world – it will never grow.

Start where you are.

Use what you have.

Do what you can.

And every day, you’ll grow your business that little tiny bit more.


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Jess Van Den is the editor of Create & Thrive, and has been a full-time creative entrepreneur since 2010. She makes eco-conscious, contemporary, handmade sterling silver jewellery under the Epheriell label, and blogs about her jewellery and other beautiful things at You can catch her on twitter @JessVanDen.



I think I do suffer from Perfection paralysis ha! I need to know a few things – is it important to have own website first before selling on etsy or any other platforms? is it important to have many products or one can start with a few? packaging and mailing to customer is another dilemma I’m facing as I don’t know whats the best way to do as my products would be cushion covers,tableware and small size artwork on paper. Any ideas and suggestions welcome. Thanks…Ruchi 🙂


Ruchi – as I said, just start! Do what you can – if you can only get a few products into an Etsy store, then just get that going and build on it. With packaging, try different things out – experiment – and you’ll find what works for you 🙂

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