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Good Enough: The Myth of Success and How to Celebrate the Joy in Average

Eleanor Ross

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Self-help & personal development

Exploring the way in which our quest to succeed and our pursuit of perfection blinds us to what life is all about, Good Enough combines sobering memoir and the science, stats and people propping up the myth of success.

Have you ever felt average? That you're not special or extraordinary, just . . . normal?

And that chances are society's obsession with always being the best and smashing life is setting us up for failure?

Years of striving and pushing to be better than everyone else are breaking us. Fear of disappointment and our pursuit of someone else's definition of success tell us we're not enough. They tell us to work late, then work hard in the gym, overcommit, then post about #selfcare on our painstakingly curated social media feeds. They tell us to push ourselves until we break, all to prove our worth, to show we deserve our place.

But are we tolerating the lows to reach the fleeting highs, and are we missing all the good stuff along the way? Why are we programmed to live like this, and is it society that needs to change, not us?

One thing's for sure - it's better to be average and happy than exceptional and miserable. We're all good enough, just as we are.

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