“Nobody’s perfect” is one of the first things to get drilled into our heads as kids.
And yet, we all know at least one ultra-perfectionist (even if it’s ourselves).
Con – You cannot emotionally handle getting any grade less than an A.
An A- might as well be an F, because an A- means you did something wrong. Pro – You go the extra mile, even for things you aren’t necessarily interested in.
: when striving to make your work perfect gets you so constricted with anxiety that it becomes all-or-nothing procrastination and you end up not making anything. It’s out of anxiety we have towards ourselves and our own abilities.
on perfectionism and procrastination in college students and reported, “Research has suggested that anxiety over making mistakes may ultimately be holding some perfectionists back from ever achieving success in the first place.” .Con – You are constantly busting your butt to live up to that impossible standard and feel mortified when somebody realizes that you are, in fact, imperfect like everyone else.Pro – You have motivation, determination, persistence, and drive – qualities that most people find redeeming and can make you a great candidate for landing a job.Con – You’re constantly annoying people around you by correcting and editing everything they do without being asked to do so.Pro – People admire how hard you’re willing to work.It doesn’t matter if you’re working on a diorama for an art class you had to take for your core credits even though you’re a PR major; you’re going to stress over it.Pro – People think you’re someone who really has everything together and look up to you.For me, such is the case with challenging yoga poses.Con – You waste way too much time and energy trying to do these little things, and beat yourself up when you can’t do them on the first try.We look at films we’ve made, all we can see are the flaws…unless I start working on a new one, I’ll never be free from the curse of the last one.” surprising.After all, many creatives are staunch perfectionists, their own harshest critic.