May 16, 2018 / LIVE & WORK JOYFULLY
May 16, 2018
Harmony Walton, Founder of The Bridal Bar, runs her collection of companies based not on perfection, but by exercising prudence she learned early in her career.
“One of the more freeing moments of my career was one of the biggest highs and one of the biggest lows. I learned so much from this one day of joy and tragedy at the same time.”
Presented with an exciting career opportunity she’d dreamt of as a little girl, Harmony was hit simultaneously and unexpectedly with hardship. She didn’t want the opportunity pass, but didn’t know if she could deliver perfect results at the time. She teetered between feels of excitement and fear, until a colleague and close friend offered support and wisdom that helped Harmony move forward.
“She said, ‘You’re going to get through this, and you’re going to do great. Done is better than perfect.’ That forever changed my outlook on my business. I’ve always been a perfectionist, and that feature, that story, that moment, had to be perfect for me, and it just wasn’t going to be. That really gave me the freedom to look at things a little differently.”
Reflecting on what she gained from that experience, Harmony explains, “When the story ran, it was to me a little bit sad because it wasn’t perfect. But I was the only person who knew it wasn’t perfect. I was the only person who knew what it was going to be versus what it was, and it still ended up being a really great moment in my career. It allowed me in that moment to really give myself the freedom to have something not be perfect but just be done.”
The Wisdom Capture team sat down with Harmony to learn more about how she continues to apply this advice to her work and play.
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