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The Simple Reason Perfectionism Is So Dangerous

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A little advice from the late David Foster Wallace:

"If your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything."

Watch the beginning of the above video for his short, but excellent, take on the pitfalls of perfectionism. Keep watching for insight into the author’s life and his perspective on ambition and growing older.

Now, stop trying to be perfect and go do something.

Mark Micheli is Special Projects Editor for Government Executive Media Group. He's the editor of Excellence in Government Online and contributes to GovExec, NextGov and Defense One. Previously, he worked on national security and emergency management issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. He's a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and studied at Drake University.

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