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Self-Improvement Toxicity

I believe in personal development and self-improvement. I also believe that you’re enough as you are. 

These might seem to contradict themselves, but I believe that positive self-improvement is where you’re embracing yourself as a worthy, amazing human being, and looking to grow and optimize your skill sets, mindsets, and habits in order to become more fully yourself. 

It’s not losing another ten pounds so you’ll be able to teach everyone a lesson at your high school reunion. It’s not learning how to be a better leader so you can live up to your CEO’s expectations of you. It’s not learning how to hack your sleep cycle so you can be more productive and work as hard as Elon Musk. 

Learning, growing, and honing what you’ve already got is great, but make sure you’re doing it for yourself and not to fit in with others or meet the expectations and desires of other people.

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