Stop Waiting for Perfect: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone and Into Your Power

  • 5h 17m 26s
  • L'Oreal Thompson Payton
  • Gildan Media
  • 2023

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.

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 help you through your own journey. She's penned the 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.

About the Author

L’Oreal Thompson Payton is an award-winning journalist and the author of the forthcoming book, Stop Waiting for Perfect: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone and Into Your Power (BenBella Books, August 2023). She is also a health and wellness reporter at Fortune where she covers women and wellness in the workplace. Her professional writing is often inspired by her own personal experiences of trying to navigate the world as an ambitious Black millennial woman who was raised to believe that she could outwork all obstacles, but who has come to learn over time that success is not always guaranteed even if you follow all of the "rules."

Her personal essays, feature stories and celebrity interviews have been published in esteemed media outlets such as Bustle, Essence, SELF, Shondaland, People, Publishers Weekly, and Well + Good. Her writing, speaking engagements, and wellness facilitation work pull from her personal struggles with issues such as self-doubt, imposter syndrome, infertility, and postpartum depression to encourage and inspire other Black women to see, trust, and believe in the beauty of who they are as enough even as they strive to become more than that. When she’s not busy writing–which, to be fair, isn’t often–she can usually be found reading, on her yoga mat or riding her Peloton. L’Oreal lives just outside of Chicago with her very patient husband and brilliant daughter whose laugh lights up her world. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @LTIntheCity. Subscribe to her motivational newsletter and listen to her podcast at

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction Faking It While You Make It
  • Chapter 1 - Find Your Way Back
  • Chapter 2 - Twice as Good
  • Chapter 3 - Channel Your Inner Chad
  • Chapter 4 - Conquer Your Inner Critic
  • Chapter 5 - Feeling ALL the Feels
  • Chapter 6 - Confronting Your Fears
  • Chapter 7 - It Takes a Village
  • Chapter 8 - Permission to Pivot (and Pause)
  • Chapter 9 - Betting on Yourself
  • Chapter 10 - Letting Go of Perfection
  • Epilogue On Trusting Your Dopeness