Perfectionism is a non-starter. If you want to make something perfect you’ll probably never start for fear that you can’t perfect it.
In the case that a perfectionist is forced to do something, they better have full control or they won’t put in 100% focus. They also need more time than others since they have to try all options before deducing to simplicity.
For perfectionists, doing is defined in either success or failure. There’s no in between. This goes for all tasks.
Something as simple as interior decoration as the case with Steve Jobs, left him with no furniture. The frustration in deciding was too burdensome. Jobs preferred to live surrounded by nothing instead.
The paradoxical battle for perfectionism makes one insane. But when a perfectionist finds something that he/she loves it’s a positive addiction unlike any other. The obsession makes the perfectionist ok with mediocrity in everything else since nothing else is as gratifying as the obsession.
The struggle for the perfectionist then is finding the obsession. Until then, everything else is undone and unsatisfactory.