Mindfulness expert Helen Pamely says striving for perfection held her back and crushed her confidence.
A few years into my career as a London City lawyer, I reached a crossroads. It isn’t all glamour and shiny skyscrapers, as the TV series Suits might have you believe. Although law can be extremely rewarding, the job can take a huge toll in terms of long hours and immense pressure. And this comes with big personal sacrifice.
Like many high-achieving professionals, lawyers habitually fall into the bracket of ‘Type A’ personalities, defined as ambitious, competitive and striving for success. This often means work and success first, wellbeing and happiness second. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it comes with a price tag on mental health. It also tends to weigh more heavily on women, who are expected to effortlessly juggle work, children, homelife and everything else in between.
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