Gretchen Rubin

Don’t Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Good.

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It's a Secret of Adulthood -- admittedly, cribbed from Voltaire: Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

Be Gretchen! Just in time, I remembered not to let the perfect, fantasy Gretchen crowd out the actual, real Gretchen (who really dislikes making those kinds of plans).

Along the same lines, I remind myself that the 20-minute walk I take is better than the 3-mile run I never start; having people over for take-out is better than never having people to an elegant dinner party.

Have you faced this, in your own experience -- where the perfect can interfere with the good?

 

In fact, for your free book, you can choose one of my books, Better Than Before or The Happiness Project. I’m the reader for both of them.

Here's a photo of me recording Better Than Before. That pillow? It's to muffle "stomach noises." Sheesh!

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