Perfection is Thine Enemy

Wit Without Wisdom, Ep. 06


It’s pretty common to hear someone say, “Hey, I’m not perfect.” But it is also a tough confession to make. Truth is, a lot of us spend a lot of time trying to achieve our own versions of personal perfection.

Social media has put us all in the public spotlight. It’s important that our lives appear a “certain way.” I mean, not you of course, it’s just the rest of us using photo filters, picking and choosing our relationship updates, and making sure our hair is just right before we take that selfie.

In fact, there is an entire cottage industry devoted to self-exposing body imperfections on Instagram . . . with perfect hair, make up, and attire of course.

Now, we may never (and probably should never) reach the point where we’re publically trashing our relationship or making confessions like, “Wow, that latte LITERALLY ran right though me!” But has the desire for perfection gone too far?

So, after three hours of editing to ensure the episode is just right, we’re discussing perfection, its impact, and why it’s easier to say, “There’s no such thing as perfect!” but far more difficult to accept it for ourselves.

Plus, we cover:

  • Why judgy people are more likely to be perfectionist

  • How confidence plays its own role

  • How your childhood may play a part in your need to be perfect

  • Ways to give up on perfection and survive

And a whole lot more. Well, not a whole lot, but some other stuff too.


Are YOU ready to embrace imperfection? :D

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