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THE BREAKUP: CAREER + IDENTITY

Like many others, I am one of those people who likes to be good at everything, even things that I simply “try.” Yes, it’s a bit unrealistic seeing as how people are rarely good at anything they’ve only just tried. It’s the perfectionist in me—to be a great performer.

Many of us have high standards for just about anything, especially things that we give time and attention to. In most cases, this has benefited us. It’s been the reason we’ve been president of student organizations, bought the cars of our dreams, been successful in amazing jobs, and made lifestyle advances in other areas that make us feel “we’ve made it.” Yet, lines may become blurred between our identity and what we know to be success.