Not a Critic, but I Live with One in my Head by
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I’m not a second guesser. Once I decide to buy or do something, I don’t perseverate about my decision. People who know me from work remember my mantra was “that’s good enough.” It was time to move on to other tasks. Perfectionism was never my thing.

I’m not a second guesser. Once I decide to buy or do something, I don’t perseverate about my decision.

Growing up with a father who was heavy on criticism and light on praise, however, left me striving to earn A’s and prone to being sensitive about people’s opinion of what I do. In that sense, I can be my own worst critic. Married a perfectionist, but happily not the same as a critic.

RetroFlash—100 words

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Characterizations: funny, right on!, well written

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  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    It is tough to grow up with someone who was short on praise but long on criticism, Laurie. I had one of those in my household too. But interesting that you note a perfectionist is not the same as a critic. I’ll try to remember that.

    Thanks for this RetroFlash. It made me think.

  2. I agree Laurie, perfection is the enemy of the good!
    And I love your mantra, It’s good enough!

  3. Khati Hendry says:

    Short and sweet and definitely “good enough” for a Retroflash. It is a gift to be able to avoid the “perfection is the enemy of the good” trap—and to be able to live with a perfectionist! Onward!

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