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Kendra Adachi

Embrace What Matters, Ditch What Doesn't, and Get Stuff Done

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The Lazy Genius Way (2020) is an essential guide for perfectionists everywhere. We run ourselves ragged trying to excel at everything, but this leaves us exhausted and unfulfilled. Luckily, there is another way. We can identify what really makes our lives meaningful, and put our energy into leading lives that fulfill us. By adopting the practical strategies of the Lazy Genius, we can transform how we live and work, one small step at a time.

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    Being a perfectionist is exhausting and lonely – but there is another way.

    Do you ever have the feeling that no matter how hard you try, you will never manage to live up to your own high standards?

    That’s how the author, Kendra Adachi, felt for most of her life. She’d grown up in a home with an abusive father who was angry and unpredictable. In order to escape his wrath, she tried as hard as she could to do everything perfectly. Her room was always squeaky clean, and she was a straight-A student. But it was never enough — her father would find fault anyway. And it was exhausting because she constantly felt like she was failing. 

    It was also lonely. Adachi was trying so hard to be perfect that she wasn’t able to be vulnerable with the people she loved. No one knew that, behind her polished facade, she was actually struggling and in need of support. 

    The key message here is: Being a perfectionist is exhausting and lonely – but there is another way.

    When Adachi moved away from home and started her first job, something snapped. Out in the real world, she had to deal with lots of new demands. When she discovered that she couldn’t immediately do everything perfectly, she decided she would just stop trying. She started acting as if she didn’t care at all. She allowed her house to become a messy pit, and stopped trying to cook for friends and excel at work. But she was still completely exhausted.

    This is because she was still stuck in a perfectionist mindset. She was so scared of messing up that she’d simply substituted not trying at all for trying too hard. Neither of those modes was authentically her. Neither allowed her to follow her true dreams and passions. And even though on the outside it seemed that she had stopped caring, on the inside, she still cared deeply about what other people thought about her. No wonder she was so tired.

    Luckily, Adachi managed to find a middle way, which she calls being a Lazy Genius. Instead of racing around trying to get everything right, she started tuning in to what really mattered – for her. Having a perfect house wasn’t so important. Having a place where people had space to connect with each other was. Spending lots of time weeding in her garden felt like a waste of time. But spending hours baking pies in the kitchen filled her with joy. She became her own compass, and developed a host of strategies to allow her to pursue what she loved – imperfectly. 

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    About the Author

    Kendra Adachi is the founder of The Lazy Genius Collective. She also hosts The Lazy Genius Podcast, where she teaches listeners how to prioritize happiness and satisfaction in their lives – and get rid of harmful perfectionism.

    Who should read The Lazy Genius Way?

    • Perfectionists who want to learn how to relax
    • Working parents struggling to balance a busy life
    • Anyone overwhelmed by clutter

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