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Oliver Sacks on Gratitude

During the last two years of his life, Oliver Sacks, called the “Poet Laureate of Medicine,” wrote a series of essays on life, aging, and mortality for The New York Times. These four essays were posthumously published in his book Gratitude, a quick but incredibly touching collection that remains with…

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Contradiction and Criticism

There will always be people who disagree. There will always be people who interpret your work in an unintended way. But it is this uniqueness among people that makes the world interesting. You can let contradiction and criticism cripple you, or you can keep creating.…

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No Such Thing as a Cautious Creative

George Lois, the legendary ad man, once said: ‘You can be cautious or you can be creative but there is no such things as a cautious creative.’ In an interview with Vice, he added ‘if you’re a cautious creative you’re a bum.’ Lois’ advice…

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Workaholics Anonymous

When we think of addiction, our minds usually turn to alcohol or drugs like heroin and cocaine. As perfectionists, our drug of choice is usually work. I remember a time when I felt very uncomfortable with free time. I couldn’t watch TV without my work…

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Success Revisited

What does success mean to you? Is your desire for success only career oriented? Are you fueled by praise from others? Do you want that gold star? That promotion? Rather than success driven by approval from others, aim for failure that leads to genuine…

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Your Role

Everyone has a role to play…including you. Sometimes, we end up in a role that doesn’t quite feel right. We wonder if we matter. We ask if what we’re doing is actually making a difference to our supervisors. We wonder if people think we’re…

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Stay on Your Path

Some days, the path will be blocked and shrouded with uncertainty. You will feel lost. Other days, the path will be clear. You’ll move forward with certainty. Everything will feel right. The difference between those who make it and those who don’t is the…

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Nothing Absolutely in Our Power

René Descartes‘ Discourse on the Method is the source for the timeless quote, “I think, therefore I am.” In his treatise, Descartes outlines four maxims to act as his moral code, which includes an invaluable lesson for imperfectionists: “Endeavor always to conquer myself rather than fortune, and…

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I Am an Artist

Do you let negativity block your creative potential? I’m not a writer because I haven’t taken the right classes. I’m not a photographer because my photos don’t look like Ansel Adams’ photos. I’m not a musician because some critic hasn’t given me validation yet. I…

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Imagination over Knowledge

As perfectionists, we focus on knowledge over imagination. We latch on to knowledge because it can often be measured. We memorize vocabulary words, history facts, and dates of important events. We aim to get technical papers with our names on them. We strive for additional credentials…

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Nobody Else But You Can Be You

Own your thoughts. Believe in your opinions. Ignore the trolls. Don’t allow your worries about others’ opinions keep you from doing, from making, from creating. Nobody else but you can be you. Nobody else can bring what you have to bring to your art.…