The Danger of Perfectionism

by | Jan 26, 2022 | Podcast

You can concentrate on being perfect so much until it takes the joy out of the process. Life is hard. We all have struggles, but if you stress out about being perfect all the time, you never have joy because nothing you do will ever be good enough.

Growing up, my mother was the epitome of excellence in everything that she did. I did not realize the pressure that I had put upon myself to be perfect, until I was diagnosed with peptic ulcers in 8th Grade. I had been seriously stressing myself.

Listen in to learn the things that I’ve had to unlearn as a child, medical student, physician, athlete, triathlete … each phase of my life!

Episode Highlights: 

  • Learning the quality of being excellent from my mother
  • The difference between seeking excellence and seeking perfection
  • The transition from high school, to college, to medical school, and to my professional life
  • Seeking therapy in college after a nervous breakdown
  • How I got into running in 2010
  • Over-training, injuries, lack of patience as a new runner
  • Learning to let go and my current practices

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