I'm Not a Procrastinator or a Perfectionist. And I'm Not Defensive.

By Joey O'Connor

I'm not a procrastinator or perfectionist.

And I'm not defensive.

Did you heart me? I am not a procrastinator.

I am a "deadline" performer with swaths of last-minute brilliance.

No ego here...really.

I am also not a perfectionist.

I am one with an eye for detail and thoroughness.

I live in the Zen of kaizen...continuous improvement, personal efficiency, always tinkering to make my latest masterpiece just right.

Must I repeat myself?

I am not a perfectionist. 

Perfectionists are high-strung folks who dopple a bit too much starch on their undies.

Just ask my wife...she knows I'm not a perfectionist. I never keep her waiting for dinner while I stare at this screen. My writing transcends space and time.

She'd also agree with you.

Joey never gets defensive.

I'll say it again with emphasis: I am not a procrastinator.

Hang on. Just a sec...my Facebook Ideate Group just pinged me.


Okay, I'm back. I'm also not a flake with ADD.

I have a nagging, snowy-white scalp condition.

Just ask my wife. I never procrastinate. Especially getting the oil changed in my truck.

I LOVE taking my truck to get an oil change. One of my favorite things to do.

I thrum my fingers, tapping my steering wheel and whistling Conrad Twitty all the way to Valvoline.

I LOVE getting my oil changed.

And I'm not a procrastinator.

You see, my "gifts" dwell in the land of ideation, wistful insights, elaborate dreamscapes and creative exploration.

I see unicorns.


And, I LOVE the IDEA of being an ARTIST. 

All those words on a page. Paint on a canvas. Splattery clay on a wheel. Sweat on my brow?

Messy. Messy. Messy.

I prefer the order, simplicity, and clarity of a blank page. Blank screen. Blank canvas.

I mean, really, isn't getting my art out there a bit overrated? Who wants to be accused of selling out?

Besides, someone once told me I should never "should" on myself. 

When friends talk about "the idea" of executing an idea, I always equate execution with standing in front of a firing squad.

Ideas are invisible. I can dodge bullets with my ideas.

You saw that eighties horror flick, The Shining, with Jack Nicholson, right?

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

That did not end well.

Hard work. Productivity. High performance.

It all sounds so blue collar. And a setup for failure.

You really think I'm afraid of failure?

I'm not afraid of failure.

And I'm not defensive.


Leave a comment below. I'd love your thoughts.

Then, join me and members of our Grove team for this upcoming webinar.

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