I think this..."perfectionist gene" that too many young women have holds them back, and instead they should be really aiming for "good enough." You don't have to be perfect. Most men never think like that. They're just trying to figure out what's the opening and how they can seize it.
-Hillary Rodham Clinton
I think a lot of women struggle with being perfect at their job. I am not sure exactly where this stems from (are "we" just like that? Is it to match up to male co-workers? whats going on here?) but I definitely see it often.
I have literally never been like that in my life in basically anything. My first "real job" (in an office, getting paid) the job description was essential to put out as many fires as you can while still moving forward. Essentially, as long as I contained the issues enough so that the company could forge ahead we'd be okay. Sometimes now I feel like everything has to be perfect (it's my new job description so it's definitely more important now). Being "perfect" is hard for me because it goes against how I function and how I've worked in the past but it has definitely allowed me to grow as an employee and as a person.
Now, it's all in the balance of how I do things. Yes, some things have to be perfect--as they should be! But other details that I get down on should just be let go so I can move on.
The quote originally came from a Glamour article chock full of more career advice from HRC, here.