I know Anne Lamott doesn’t say that perfectionism ruins everything. She says your writing. But my experience is that it can ruin anything you are trying to do, from cooking dinner to painting a sunset.
Perfectionism can tie me up in knots so tight I don’t even start. It’s one of the reasons I’m such a big fan of Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life and NaNoWriMo. Both emphasize throwing perfectionism out the window and just doing what needs to be done today toward living my dream.