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  • I can get caught up in trying to be better

  • at everything.

  • at anything, really.

  • Hey, how have you been?

  • Hey.

  • Ah, I'm good.

  • Actually, I just showed my teacher my dissertation and she...

  • I'm sorry.

  • I'm so sorry.

  • That was such a shitty greeting on my part.

  • Do you mind if we just, uh,

  • rewind and start over?

  • Uh...Okay?

  • Okay. Okay.

  • *clears throat*

  • *takes deep breath*

  • Hi! How've you been?

  • I'm good.

  • As I was saying...

  • I turned in my dissertation and...

  • Oh my God.

  • Oh.

  • My.

  • Freaking God.

  • I don't know what's wrong with me today.

  • Um.

  • I didn't believe that at all.

  • Did you believe it? Was it believable?

  • Do you mind if I just do it one more time?

  • Just like.

  • Another take.

  • Okay. Cool cool cool.

  • *vocal exercises*

  • I'm obviously a huge advocate

  • of self improvement.

  • Over the last seven years,

  • I've made 400 videos

  • and the majority of those

  • have been devoted to becoming

  • a better version of yourself.

  • Whether it's physical tricks

  • to increasing confidence

  • or promoting emotional vulnerability

  • or encouraging radical honesty.

  • I have always been on the side that if you can do better, you should do better.

  • What the hell is this, Bob?

  • What?

  • This form.

  • Why did you do this?

  • Look at the name space.

  • Now look at the address space.

  • Bob.

  • I really need you to take your job as form-maker seriously.

  • People already hate filling out forms.

  • If you give them this impossible shit

  • they're gonna lose their minds.

  • No one even knows who makes

  • all the forms they fill out.

  • I know, Bob.

  • I know.

  • And I want the satisfaction of knowing

  • that all over the world

  • people are filling out forms with smiles on their faces

  • because they have adequate line space

  • for the corresponding prompt.

  • Damn it, Bob.

  • We have a thankless job in a corporate-run world,

  • but that doesn't mean we have to give up!

  • No!

  • That means we are only accountable to ourselves.

  • That means the only way to bring purpose

  • and life into our meaningless, mundane existence

  • is to have a work ethic that we're proud of.

  • It means having the BEST DAMN FORMS we can possibly create!

  • Be the ART that we pour our HEARTS and MINDS into!

  • Um.

  • Okay.

  • I-I'm sorry. I'll do it again.

  • That's more like it, Bob.

  • That's more

  • God damn

  • like it.

  • And though I love self improvement as a tool

  • it's something that can be utilized incorrectly

  • if you're taking it to incredible extremes.

  • Like if you are trying to strive for unattainable perfection.

  • You will be my magnum opus murder.

  • *muffled*

  • Yes!

  • When you assume there's something inherently broken in yourself.

  • I mean is it me?

  • You know I keep trying to do such beautiful works of art

  • and it just comes out looking like a total mess.

  • *sobs*

  • *sobs*

  • Maybe I'm just not meant to be an artist.

  • Or when you don't make a realistic distinction between what you can and can't control.

  • You know just once I want a murder without so much blood. You know?

  • I always used to think that any form of self acceptance was being lazy or being complacent.

  • And that if I wasn't growing, I was just remaining stagnant.

  • But self acceptance is just having that distinction

  • between the things you can and can't control and really accepting what you can't.

  • It's about loving the flaws that make you unique and being really okay with

  • where you are at in the process of growth.

  • It's a very delicate balance, and I don't have it figured out all the time.

  • But I'm really, really working on having more self acceptance in my life.

  • I've been very extreme on the self improvement side, and I've kind of realized lately how unhealthy that can be.

  • So trying to be really okay and at peace with where I am in the moment in growing.

  • But what about you?

  • Let me know if you struggle with the balance of these two

  • or if you don't have either of them

  • or if you tend to lean one way or the other.

  • I'm Anna Akana.

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