Perfectionism. A simple word, but a simply unattainable thing we still strive for. It’s a nearly inescapable trap many have fallen into, and they have lost themselves in the process. Does an escape route exist? Can a person truly stop trying to please other people or criticize their shortcomings? Can anyone change cultures that demand extreme excellence? Yes—but it’s a journey of self-awareness, exploration, and learning from others with similar stories. This journey starts with attacking the fear of imperfection—atelophobia—and learning to push past failure.