Nobody’s perfect

Why do we strive for perfection? Is it even achievable? Better to master a task through practice, says Anne Lueneburger, than to chase the uncertain promise of perfectionism, whose only outcome is likely to be emotional distress, even burnout. Perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun […]

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