Nobody’s Perfect

One of my favorite film scenes occurs at the end of Billy Wilder’s comedy Some Like It Hot 

“Nobody’s perfect.” I’m reminded of this famous scene by Kerry Ann Rockquemore’s essay in today’s Inside Higher Education, “The Costs of Perfectionism” —

 “Ironically, while academic culture exacerbates perfectionist tendencies among many faculty members, perfectionism has been shown to have a negative impact on scholarly productivity. A recent study found that perfectionist professors have lower research productivity, fewer first-authored publications, and fewer citations than their peers. While it’s bad enough that perfectionism can make us feel perpetually miserable and tortured, the single greatest reason to overcome your perfectionism may be that it isn’t helpful to your scholarly productivity.”


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