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How to Work With a Perfectionist

Mo is always late in submitting his work. Nothing is good enough for him. If something goes wrong and he makes a mistake, he will try his best to hide it. He is worried about failure. Mo doesn't want to fail his boss, his company, so he works overtime. Despite his work ethic, his growth has been slow.

Really Slow!

His work-life balance is completely off because of the amount of work he takes on. His boss is unhappy with him, so is his wife, friends, kids, and almost everyone else. He feels lonely most of the time and sometimes depressed.

The good news is while perfectionists make up 30% of the population, their numbers are as high as 80% among gifted and successful individuals.

The bad news is: It's still hard to work and live with perfectionists, especially if they demonstrate all three types of prototypes.

"Perfectionist strives for the flawless outcome while setting unattainable standards for self and others, and unfortunately they closely associate their self worth with their achievements and how well they perform."

But here are some suggestions based on the research, the books I read, and my personal experience as a recovering perfectionist and someone who coaches other perfectionists. <