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Is Perfectionism a Bad Thing? (Ep. 11)

Popular wisdom has perfectionism as the go-to answer to, “what is your greatest weakness?”

Well, as it turns out, it actually might be. We talk about what to do about it and why perfectionism isn’t quite as simple as it seems.

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  • 0:00:00 – Intro
  • 0:11:14 – Dealing with perfectionism
  • 0:21:53 – The three types of perfectionism
  • 0:28:52 – Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills)
  • 0:31:13 – Sponsor: Hover (Buying a domain name)
  • 0:33:35 – Focusing too much on analytics
  • 0:44:24 – Figuring out what is important
  • 1:03:24 – Focusing on academics or making friends
  • 1:11:29 – Using Windows vs Mac
  • 1:17:13 – Conclusion

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