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What are some examples of perfection being dangerous? A guru’s message often hammers away at miserable jobs and not feeling accomplished. It’s easy for readers to conflate this with, “I’m not good enough.” It’s even easier when these gurus are successful, charismatic and attractive. They seem to be at the top of their game. Yet even if everything these gurus say is true, people forget their persona is an act. Each of them is still at the mercy of prevalence-induced concept change. It is the phenomenon whereby you redefine your life’s problems as your circumstances improve. It’s why not having time for yoga before brunch becomes a major life problem. So you can be sure that at least a few of those gurus are whining about having to fix their third Porsche. The trap of self-improvement is thinking there is a promised land where you suddenly stop feeling broken. Contentment and the practicing of gratitude should transcend any mission to better your life. The work never stops. To make an analogy, imagine yourself as a video game console — a PlayStation 3. It wasn’t broken. It was incredible. But there was still room for improvement so Sony made a PlayStation 4. Consider yourself a consumer product going through the R&D evolution. Don’t let self-improvement crush your self-image.

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