"Resistance to a system is presented on the terms of the system." writes Jia. "It's so much easier, when we gain agency, to adapt rather than to oppose."
If we're going to be happy at work, we can't exist in a system that constantly puts pressure on us to meet an increasingly unrealistic ideal. We need to push back against the pressures we're facing and make work (and life) work for everyone.
Perhaps we can't be as radical as Jia. We'd love to see the systems of work change to meet our emotional needs first. To give everyone space to be completely imperfect. That's why we partnered with the Future Work Skills Academy.
However, being competent, efficient and well-presented in our professional lives is still something we strive towards. Saying "no" to self-improvement isn't necessarily the answer, but neither is the enormous amount of pressure we put on ourselves to perform at our peak, constantly.
Perhaps we need to understand where the desire to be perfect comes from, and be at peace with the fact that we are working towards an impossible goal. What happens when we are the "perfect" version of ourselves? What actually changes? Are we happier?