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If you are anything like me, you are a self-acclaimed perfectionist. Unfortunately, we learn about the very real consequence of burn-out the hard way.

One of the greatest lessons I have learned over the past 5 years is to achieve progress, not perfection. You know the type, one of those “failure is not an option” people. Don’t be one of those people.

Failure is INEVITABLE for everyone.

The difference between professionals and amateurs is their ability to rebound from a failure, to learn from it and apply it to their next success. In 2008 when the economy slid into a recession, and the market bottomed in February 2009, many people (some of which I still encounter today) have not reinvested their assets, thereby missing the 45.58% growth on the S&P! The emotion was too much to bare, they did not have the bandwidth to stay with the fundamentals. Professionals on the other hand…

Recently, UFC fighter Conor McGregor lost to a huge underdog, Nate Diaz. Say what you want about McGregor, but how he reacted post fight was that of a professional. He could have blamed his training, his weight class, a change in fighters. Instead, he said the loss would make him a better fighter, and that he will come back stronger and ready to win (I’m paraphrasing). NO LOSS OF ENTHUSIASM