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In-Person: STOP WAITING FOR PERFECT by L'Oreal Thompson Payton

Join us in welcoming L'Oreal Thompson Payton to celebrate the release of Stop Waiting for Perfect: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone and Into Your Power. For this event, L'Oreal will be in conversation with Taylor Morrison. 

Please note: Pre-registration for this event is required. By pre-registering, you are verifying that you are fully vaccinated and will wear a mask throughout the entirety of the event.


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 and the forthcoming author of Stop Waiting for Perfect: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone and Into Your Power. Her essays and articles about women, wellness and the workplace have appeared in Bitch, Bustle, Essence, SELF and Well + Good among others. 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. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @LTIntheCity and subscribe to her weekly motivational newsletter at

Taylor Elyse Morrison is an author, facilitator, and coach making well-being and personal development more accessible. Through her company Inner Workout and her book of the same name, Taylor supports people’s journey to know, care for, and become their full selves.

Accessibility: This event is hosted at the bookstore, which is a wheelchair accessible space. Face masks are required at author events. For questions or access needs, please email 

Event date: 
Thursday, August 17, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N Clark St
Stop Waiting for Perfect: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone and Into Your Power By L'Oreal Thompson Payton Cover Image
ISBN: 9781637743072
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: BenBella Books - August 15th, 2023