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Bullish Life: Overcoming Perfectionism (and Still Being a Special Unicorn)

February 7, 2012

This week, let’s hear from a reader I’ll call Vanessa Williams, after the former Miss America (1984) whose mistakes (nudie pics!) actually worked out pretty damn well in the end. More »


One Response to “Bullish Life: Overcoming Perfectionism (and Still Being a Special Unicorn)”

  1. Jamie on February 15th, 2012 11:23 am

    This is a great column! Pretty much exactly describes my current life situation…between a full-time job, a part-time consulting gig, being on several boards as a volunteer, working on a doctorate, and being in a relationship, I do not have the time to put 100% into everything. If 70% is good enough for the Marines, it is definitely good enough for me as a general work plan.

    Graduate classes are a great example of this. In the end, as long as I maintain (I think) a ‘B’ average, I can stay in the program. In the end, however, once the dissertation is done, a doctoral degree is basically pass/fail and nobody is ever going to look at my transcript. So I need to do enough work to do well enough in the classes to pass the parts of my degree that I need to pass and establish good relationships with the faculty who will ultimately evaluate that dissertation. Beyond that…I have other priorities, such as my consulting gig that pays me to do work.

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