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Your Eulogy Virtues

What is more important to you?  Your career or your character? In his NY Times article, “The Moral Bucket List,” David Brooks discusses “résumé virtues,” those that apply to our external career: wealth, fame, and status and “eulogy virtues,” those that apply to our inner character: kindness,…

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The Teapot

‘There was once a proud teapot; it was proud of being porcelain, proud of its long spout, proud of its broad handle. It had something before and behind,–the spout before and the handle behind,–and that was what it talked about. But it did not…

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The Dangers of Perfectionism

On Blank by Blank, David Foster Wallace on the dangers of perfectionism: “You know, the whole thing about perfectionism. The perfectionism is very dangerous, because of course if your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything. Because doing anything results in— It’s…

Imperfectionist Books Quotes

The Doing is the Thing

In her memoir, Yes Please, Amy Poehler discusses how she moved forward from the fear and difficulty of writing her book. We can use her advice to move out of our comfort zone…to do things before we’re ready. In Amy’s words, we can all become “open-faced sandwiches who take…

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Beneath the Wheel

As a perfectionist, my childhood was filled with SAT prep courses and all-nighters. Success equaled A+, and failure equaled everything else.  My life was mapped out for me, and as an adult, it left me afraid of failure and fearful of trying new creative…