The Problems Of Perfectionism – Encore | UYGW069

We are excited to bring you another encore presentation of a popular episode of Season 2. We hope you enjoy!

Do you remember a time when a project took you so long to complete because everything needed to be “just right”?

Maybe you’re a music composer, and you can’t quite finish that new song because something in the lyrics just refuses to make sense.

Or, maybe you’re like me, and you were writing a book that created internal turmoil because that book could only house thirteen brilliant ideas individually picked from a lifetime of knowledge.

The explanation?


The problem with perfectionism? It’s impossible.

It’s waiting for every single piece of the puzzle to be spotless.

When we find ourselves confronting spouts of perfectionism, it makes accomplishing our Great Work ten times harder and ten times longer to achieve.

If we can find a way to let go of being the best and pleasing every single person on the face of this earth, we can achieve something greater than perfection: Commitment to Excellence.

I celebrate my willingness to be unique and my strength to fail fast.

Because if we can’t let go of getting it right on the first try, there’s no possible way to achieve our Great Work in enough time to be able to celebrate it.

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About The Host:

Dr. Amanda Crowell is a cognitive psychologist, speaker, author, and coach focused on changing our perspective on the world of work. It IS possible to do Great Work—the work that calls to you from the inside– without sacrificing your health, happiness, and relationships.

Amanda is the Author of the book, Great Work: Do What Matters Most Without Sacrificing Everything Else, and the creator of the Great Work Journals. Amanda’s TEDx talk has received almost two million views and has been featured on TED’s Ideas blog and Ted Shorts. Her ideas have also been featured on NPR, Al Jazeera, The Wall Street Journal, Quartz, and Thrive Global.

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