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We typically aim for a particular career because we have been deeply impressed
by the exploits of the most accomplished practitioners in the field.
We formulate our ambitions by admiring the beautiful structures of the architect tasked with designing the city's new airport,
or by following the intrepid trades of the wealthiest Wall Street fund manager,
by reading the analysis of the acclaimed literary novelist or sampling the piquant meals in the restaurant of a prize-winning chef.
We form our career plans on the basis of perfection.
Then, inspired by the masters, we take our own first steps and the trouble begins.
What we have managed to design, or make in our first month of trading, or write in an early short story,
or cook for the family, is markedly and absurdly, beneath the standard that first sparked our ambitions.
We who are so aware of excellence end up the least able to tolerate mediocrity, which in this case, happens to be our own.
We become stuck in an uncomfortable paradox;
our ambitions have been ignited by greatness, but everything we know of ourselves points to congenital ineptitude.
We have fallen into what we can term the Perfectionist Trap,
defined as a powerful attraction to perfection shorn of any mature or sufficient understanding of what is actually required to attain it.
It isn't primarily our fault. Without in any way revealing this, or even perhaps being aware of it,
our media edits out billions of unremarkable lives and years of failure,
rejection and frustration even in those who do achieve
in order to serve us up a daily curated selection of peak career moments, which thereby end up seeming
not like the violent exceptions they actually are, but like a normal baseline of achievement.
It starts to appear as though "everyone" is successful because all those who we happen to hear about really are successes –
and we have forgotten to imagine the oceans of tears and despair that necessarily surround them.
Our perspective is imbalanced because
we know our own struggles so well from the inside, and yet are exposed to apparently pain-free narratives of achievement on the outside.
We cannot forgive ourselves the horrors of our early drafts –
largely because we have not seen the early drafts of those we admire.
We need a saner picture of how many difficulties lie behind everything we would wish to emulate.
We should not look, for example, at the masterpieces of art in a museum.
We should go to the studio and there see the anguish, wrecked early versions and watermarks on the paper
where the artist broke down and wept. We should focus on how long it took
the architect before they received their first proper commission (they were over 50),
we need to dig out the early stories of the writer who now wins prizes and examine more closely how many failures the entrepreneur had to endure.
We need to recognise the legitimate and necessary role of failure,
allow ourselves to do things quite imperfectly for a very long time –
as a price we cannot avoid paying for an opportunity one day, perhaps in many decades,
to do something that others will consider a spontaneous success.



必須非常努力,才能看起來毫不費力:原諒不完美的自己 (The School of Life: The Perfectionist Trap)

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Jane 發佈於 2018 年 2 月 11 日    Anita Lin 翻譯    審核


你是完美主義者 (perfectionist) 嗎?完美主義者時常拿自己與他人做比較,並因此覺得痛苦、充滿壓力。但你知道這一切都是不必要的嗎?我們眼前所見,其實往往跟事實有所出入。來看看影片了解這背後的哲學吧!

這裡的 exploit 是名詞,指「功績;輝煌的成就;英勇的行為」。
Christopher Columbus's exploits in the America are oftentimes glorified, yet his genocide of Native Americans are rarely spoken about.

exploit (v.) 也有「剝削」、「利用」的意思。
Foreign workers are exploited by employers sometimes.

exploitation (n.) 則是「剝削」的名詞。
Women have to stand together against the exploitation and oppression of women.

[經濟學] 誰最會剝削你?資本主義vs. 殖民主義? (Who Exploits You More: Capitalists or Cronies?)

mediocrity 是「平凡;平庸」的意思。
After a lifetime of mediocrity, he invented the time machine and made a fortune.

形容詞為 mediocre
He's extremely enthusiastic about singing; however, he is mediocre at it.

She became an American citizen, thereby gaining the right to vote.

He forgot to tie his shoes, thereby tripping and breaking a leg.

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break down 在這裡的意思是「崩潰」、「感情失去控制」。
I saw my ex on the street today and almost broke down in tears right then and there.

break down 也有「發生故障」的意思。
The elevator broke down while the student was inside.

擁抱你內在的小女孩 (Eve Ensler: Embrace your inner girl)

spontaneous 的意思是「自發的」、「即興的」,用法包括 spontaneous laughter (不由自主的笑聲)、 spontaneous behavior (自然的舉止)、 spontaneous reaction (自然的反應)。
The most memorable memories I had with him were our unplanned, spontaneous trips to the south, neighboring islands, or even abroad.

The audience broke into spontaneous applause.

隨著社群媒體的普及,我們可以輕易追蹤別人的臉書與 IG,只不過,我們有時會不由自主地羨慕他們多采多姿的人生,那些光鮮亮麗的照片常常令我們感到自卑。但是,社群媒體往往只呈現一個人最好的一面。你看到他人從事你夢想中的職業,讓你憎恨起自己的平庸,但你不知道他投了無數次履歷、練習了多久、參加了幾場面試之後,才得到這個工作的。你得接受失敗是正常的,所有人都失敗過,並且一切都只是過程。你也可以像其他人一樣實現夢想,只要你願意努力。

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