I love supporting people to achieve their best in life and at work. I work with clients to tackle a variety of problems and transitions, from a new baby or managing a new team.
I’ve come to understand that our language is the scaffolding that supports our world view. Our language has the power to either uplift us and help us connect, or it can help enforce our own insecurities and divide us from others.
No one would mistake me for a perfectionist.
When I think of perfectionism, the garden variety perfectionism that comes to mind has to do with completing tasks exactly right, redoing what isn’t perfect, endlessly researching a new gadget in order to make sure that you get the exact right one. This perfectionism is an exacting and unforgiving search that typically leaves the practitioner dissatisfied.
Ambition is such a loaded word in our culture. We generally use it to mean that you are striving for professional and financial success, and perhaps fame or prestige. Ambition is about accomplishment.
Reviewing my stack of applicant resumes, I saw clearly that the most common mistakes were subtle and psychological.
At the large public high school I attended, it was routine for questions seeking deeper information to be met with, “Don’t worry, you don’t need to know that for the test.” Though this infuriated me, I adapted.
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We all have an inner critic: the voice in our head that says the mean, unhelpful things. My inner critic looks like me, but with a pinched nose and a tight bun.
Pleasantries are trite and routine, and, especially in the office environment, they can stress me out.
I have always been very concerned with becoming a respectable job candidate, even before I really knew what I wanted to do. I’d thought the goal was to master information that would set me up for a successful career.
When asked the question “What do you do for a living?” the Dalai Lama answered, “Nothing, I do nothing!”
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If how we spend our money is such a clear reflection of our priorities, shouldn’t we try to spend it in ways that make us truly happy?