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July 05, 2019

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Lesson on Perfectionism (and How You Can Use it to Excel at Sales)

Perfectionism can be a dangerous thing.

It can lead to you beating yourself up whenever you make a mistake. Instead of accepting the mistake and moving on, you struggle to accept the blemish on your record.

And your sales performance suffers as a result.

However, it seems like some people can use perfectionism to drive themselves forward. 

Such seems to be the case with soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

How Perfectionism Drives Ronaldo

There are few players in the modern era of soccer who’ve achieved as much as Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s broken goalscoring records in almost every competition he’s played in. He has a glittering trophy cabinet and he’s a multi-time Ballon d'Or winner.

At first glance, he appears to be the poster child for perfectionism.

However, Ronaldo says otherwise:

“I am not a perfectionist, but I like to feel that things are done well. More important than that, I feel an endless need to learn, to improve, to evolve, not only to please the coach and the fans, but also to feel satisfied with myself.”

The Lesson for Salespeople

There’s a big difference between thinking you have to be perfect and striving to achieve perfection.

We all know that “perfect” is an impossible goal.

However, your desire to be perfect is a motivator, when used correctly. In Ronaldo’s case, he applies himself so that he can learn new techniques and strategies for besting his opponents.

If he fails with a new technique, he doesn’t keep trying. He adapts and moves on to find something else.

That’s the key lesson here for salespeople.

Perfectionism can bog you down because you get stuck trying to do something “right” even when the technique doesn’t actually serve you.

Use perfectionism to motivate you to try new things. But always remember that you need to move on from anything that doesn’t work.