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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…

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Are You in Your Territory?

What do you do for work? How do you spend your free time? What do you buy with your money? Would you do those things if you were the last person on earth? In his book, The War of Art, Steven Pressfield describes the difference…

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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…

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Rosie Revere, Engineer

“Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she’s a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal–to fly–Rosie sets…