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Stop Waiting for Perfect

Stop Waiting for Perfect

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone and Into Your Power

L'Oreal Thompson Payton
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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.


L'Oreal Thompson Payton is an award-winning journalist, motivational speaker, and influencer dedicated to inspiring others to trust their dopeness. Named one of Mater Mea's "18 Black Women We Think Are Phenomenal," her work has been featured in publications such as Bitch, Bustle, HelloGiggles, People, SELF, Shondaland, Well + Good, and ZORA, just to name a few. As a writer, L'Oreal expertly blends refreshingly confessional career and life advice with inspirational insight and just the right amount of humor. She does this by authentically and vulnerably sharing her lessons learned and imperfections while bringing her readers along with her on the journey.


  • Publisher: BenBella Books (August 15, 2023)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1637743076
  • ISBN-13: 9781637743072
  • Item Weight: 13 ounces


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