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Episode 3. Perfectionism and Creativity

Updated: Mar 2, 2022

To most of us perfectionism is a badge of honour, the personality trait you brag about in interviews or performance reviews, the indispensable ingredient to a successful career, to a successful life. It’s the engine driving us fast, faster and faster for the most perfectionist among us.

Perfectionism pushes us to always do better, to challenge ourselves further, ignoring any progress or accomplishments, while often putting our health and well-being at risk.

When it comes to creativity, is perfectionism our friend or our foe? Is it the engine we have to use in order to be creative or is it our very own poison, or both? Can we be creative without being perfectionists? Is it remotely possible?


A maths teacher can be creative. So can a financial adviser, a community builder, and a yoga teacher. Not to mention a speed painter, a potter, or an actor!

Creativity is everywhere and I love nothing more than to explore it in The Creativity for All Podcast, either by focusing on a theme – such as perfectionism, feeding your creative brain, or the pressure to be creative – in my solo episodes, or through my conversations with all manner of creative people.

I want to challenge the perception of creativity and, in the process, debunk many myths attached to it: it's painful, for artists and the chosen few, etc.

My guests and I are keen to zoom in and dissect the origin of an idea, the impulse that makes us engage with our own creativity, with the hope that it will inspire listeners to get creative too.

My podcast is designed for anyone who’s already being creative, or is tempted to use their creativity, in particular those of you who think they are not creative or can never be. I would love to change your mind!

The Creativity for All Podcast is sponsored by Blue as an Orange, where we believe in creativity through communication, and offer mentoring and coaching for aspiring writers and tailored language tuition for individuals and companies.

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