22 February 2021 @ 11:42 am
Underdog and the Top Dog  
"People often view Bruce Lee as a perfectionist, but he was actually against perfectionism as the ideal.

“The ideal is a yardstick which gives you the opportunity to brow beat yourself, to berate yourself and others. Since this ideal is an impossibility, you can never live up to it. You are merely in love with this ideal and there is no end to the self-torture, the self-nagging, self-castigating. It hides under the mask of “self-improvement.” It never works.”

Beating yourself up to achieve an ideal might have short-term results but in the long-term it’s harmful. Often when you put perfectionist demands on yourself it is paralyzing and can fill you with shame when you can’t achieve perfectionism."