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Chase Growth Versus Perfection

This will produce excellent work in partnership with others

As a teacher and, later, in my role of school administrator, I was often concerned with all my materials being “just right.” My worksheets needed to not only properly engage students in the content, but they had to be visually pleasing and properly formatted.

As head of school, I would carefully edit each newsletter and the student handbook, among other things. If my name was on it, it needed to be “perfect.” Of course, this approach took much of my time and limited my effectiveness in other ways.

Another sustainability tip is to focus on excellence, not perfection. For many perfectionists (this author included), it is hard to “settle” on doing good work. We want to do great work. Actually, we insist on perfect work. Every time. (This is called “maladaptive perfectionism.”)

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