You Don’t Need to be Perfect!


You don’t need to be perfect to inspire people!

You might think you do, but you don’t. You do not need to be perfect to inspire people. You do not even need to be better than you are right now!

We spend way too much time listening to, and giving too much credibility to, that voice in our heads that tells us we are not good enough or that nobody cares about our story. That voice is lying to you. You are good enough and your story is worth sharing with the world!

Let me share a secret with you: nobody is perfect! Seriously. And if you wait until you are perfect before you share your story with the world, we will never hear it!

Think of the people who have inspired you the most. Think of the speeches or the messages they delivered that moved you so deeply and made you want to be a better person and live a longer life. I bet in none of those messages did the speakers talk about their perfection. Most of those messages described the difficulties they faced and how they were not perfect, but how those hardships and imperfections helped to shape the people they became.

The thought that you need to be perfect is what keeps so many inspiring writers from writing anything. It is what kept me from writing for many years. I thought that nobody would want to hear what I had to say, or that my life had not been exciting enough for anyone to want to hear about it. I thought that I was not a good enough, let alone perfect. All of those thoughts were lies I was telling myself. They were lies designed to protect my fragile ego from embarrassment. It took a while, but I got over it!

You never know who it is going to be, but someone is meant to hear your story. They will hear the story and it will speak to them in the right way at the right time, and they will not hear the flaws!

I have been musician since I was 19 years old. I have played guitar and sung in bars, restaurants, churches and convention centers. Like most musicians, when I play and sing, I hear all the mistakes I make while performing. Afterwards, while I’m thinking through the song in my head, beating myself up for the mistakes, someone will come up to me and tell me how much they loved that song and how it touched them deeply and spoke to them in a special way. The very song I thought was terrible because of the mistakes was the very song that was meant for that person to hear at that moment in time. They didn’t hear any mistakes; they just heard the message!

Stop striving for perfection. Stop thinking that you need to be better than you are right now. Just be you. Let your life and your light shine into the world. Tell your story. Sing your song. People want to hear it. Trust that it will reach the right person at the right time and that it will inspire them to live and tell their own story!


About Author

Bruce Van Horn is a Life Coach, writer, speaker, runner, and Dad. He is the host of the popular Life is a Marathon podcast and author of the best selling book You Can Go the Distance. His life’s motto is: “Life is a marathon, so let’s train for it!” His mission is “to reach, teach, and empower others to overcome challenges, think and act on purpose, experience true peace and joy, and live as the fullest expression of who they were created to be.” Learn more about Bruce at


  1. Bruce… this is so freeing in so many ways. I’ve struggled with perfectionist tendencies since childhood and I know my ego has been so fragile. Words pack a punch for me and can literally cripple Me so I run away like a scared octopus and I’m so easily intimidated. Uuurgh enough already… I want to live life To the Full. God bless you for your giving of yourself.

  2. Thanks for the inspiring words!! This is exactly what I had struggled with for years, and when I finally let go of my perfectionism was when my world opened to being the person I was meant to be :-) Great stuff!!