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Why Do Smart People Do Dumb Things? | EU84 Dr. Trevor Kashey

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Why do smart people do dumb things?

If you consider yourself a perfectionist, you’ve likely set high expectations for yourself. And if you don’t achieve those goals, do you allow yourself permission to violate other promises?

Enter: Dr. Trevor Kashey. Completing his PhD in Biochemistry at 21 years old, Dr. Kashey was the youngest biochemistry recipient in the US. As my nutrition coach and one of the smartest people I know, it felt only natural to have him on the podcast for a second time.

In this episode, we unpack how even the smartest people can make dumb decisions by demanding perfection from themselves. How can we avoid this while achieving even more than we anticipated?

You'll Discover

  • How setting ridiculous expectations for yourself can lead to an “or else” mentality [4:30]

  • The downfall of the “Fat Perfectionist” paradox and how you can avoid turning your frustration into an emotional disturbance [12:30]

  • The difference between “what do I do?” and “how do I live?” [18:40]

  • My experiences working with Dr. Kashey and how I let my “curse of knowledge” get in the way of my progress [26:40]

  • How shifting out of the “having to be” mindset can leave substantial room for you to make necessary changes [34:40]

…and much more!

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