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    Can you be too perfect?

    The pros and cons of perfectionism:

    Perfectionists may also adopt inefficient work habits that hurt their actual performance. They may labor slowly, agonizing over every detail, spending much more time on a project than it warrants—and often without much additional benefit. They may procrastinate, because projects that must be perfect often seem daunting [see “I’ll Do It Tomorrow,” by Trisha Gura; Scientific American Mind, December 2008/January 2009]. Robert Abatecola, 42, spent five years researching Victorian plastering techniques before he got around to repairing the cracked walls in his San Jose, Calif., home because he wanted to be sure to preserve the 1896 Queen Anne–style house’s historical authenticity.

    Can You Be Too Perfect: Scientific American
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  2. they make a good point that perfectionists should know their limit to set realistic goals.
    Good article, got me thinking ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by DomainMagnate View Post
    they make a good point that perfectionists should know their limit to set realistic goals.
    Good article, got me thinking ..
    Glad you read it!

    It got me thinking too. I'm guilty of a few of the negatives, but my goals are usually quite conservative/realistic.

    Happily, the positives they've listed have helped me to succeed in life. I guess that can't be too bad.

    The good news is, now that I'm retired, I'm a lot more type B about things. The question is, how do you break the bad habits?
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  4. Quote Originally Posted by m42 View Post
    Glad you read it!

    It got me thinking too. I'm guilty of a few of the negatives, but my goals are usually quite conservative/realistic.

    Happily, the positives they've listed have helped me to succeed in life. I guess that can't be too bad.

    The good news is, now that I'm retired, I'm a lot more type B about things. The question is, how do you break the bad habits?
    Good for you

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