Stop Waiting for Perfect

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone and Into Your Power

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Pub Date Aug 15 2023 | Archive Date Oct 31 2023

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Featured in Good Housekeeping as one of 14 powerful books to read for Juneteenth.

You have Big Dreams for living a Big Life, but you have one Big Problem—you don’t trust yourself. Learn how to let go of that self-doubt and change your life.

You are smart, brilliant, and beyond talented, but if you’re a woman, particularly a Black woman or woman of color, you’re likely prone to doubting yourself. What’s more, society often reinforces the idea that you—that we—don’t deserve the success we do achieve. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

You just need to believe in yourself and trust your own greatness.

Award-winning journalist, motivational speaker, and blogger L’Oreal Thompson Payton is a self-professed success junkie and poster girl for “overly” ambitious high achievers everywhere. She also knows firsthand how imposter syndrome and self-doubt can derail your dreams. She’s experienced the growing pains that come with big career and life changes. But she’s also come out the other side ready to kick ass, take names, and bring everyone she possibly can along with her.

In Stop Waiting for Perfect, she’s doing just that: using that hard-won insight to be your guide, your big sister, your best friend, and personal cheerleader to help you through your own journey. She’s penned the pocket-sized pep talk to walk with you through any obstacle in your career or personal life.

This book will force you to stop playing small and encourage you to fully step into your power and walk in your purpose. It will awaken the dreams you buried deep within your soul long ago because you thought they were impossible, unattainable—available to other people, but not you. Until now.

Learning to trust your dopeness isn’t a one-time achievement to unlock; it’s a lifelong journey. No matter where you are in your life, it’s time to stop doubting and start living your best life.

***Join L'Oreal Thompson Payton at her upcoming author events:

  • Women & Children First — author signing on August 17, 2023, at 7:00 PM CT (local time). L’Oreal will be in conversation with author Taylor Morrison.

  • Lululemon (Lincoln, Park Chicago) — ticketed, in-store author talk + signing on August 18, 2023, at 6:00 PM CT (local time). 

  • Evanston Library (Evanston, IL) — author talk + signing on Thursday, August 24, 2023 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM CT. 

  • Curious Iguana (Frederick, MD) — author signing on September 5, 2023; time TBD. This event will be in partnership with Woman to Woman Mentoring. 

Featured in Good Housekeeping as one of 14 powerful books to read for Juneteenth.

You have Big Dreams for living a Big Life, but you have one Big Problem—you don’t trust yourself. Learn how to let go...

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I totally have issues with trusting myself all the time. This book taught me helpful tips to get over my fears. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. I enjoyed the writing style. I found it to be useful. Five stars.

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STOP WAITING FOR PERFECT is a quick and digestible read on how to stop waiting and start living. I appreciated the reminder that perfection isn’t actually real and the questions that follow the chapters to allow for reflection. A great book to pump you up and just go for it, whether it’s asking for a pay raise, moving to a different state, changing careers, etc. The author shares valuable tips and tools to help you feel comfortable betting on yourself.

Thank you to BenBella Books and NetGalley for the digital ARC.

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I am extremely grateful to NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this book, which has been incredibly beneficial in helping me overcome my self-doubt and trust issues. The book's writing style was thoroughly enjoyable and kept me engaged throughout. The insightful tips provided have been truly valuable, and I can confidently say that I found this book to be exceedingly useful. Without a doubt, it deserves a full five stars! #StopWaitingforPerfect #NetGalley

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