Perfection. It sounds appealing. After all, what is better than perfect? The allure of perfection hooks and draws us in. Once we’ve tasted perfection, good will never be good enough again! At least that’s what we tell ourselves.

Author Jeffrey A. Kramer knows all too well how debilitating an addiction to the ideal can be. After a lifetime pursuing perfection, he broke free from its grip. And now, so can you. In The Perfection Paradox, you will discover:

  • How good intentions and efforts can lead to an addiction to perfection.
  • The effects of perfectionism on yourself and those around you.
  • A path to understanding and living with perfectionism in a way that serves you rather than enslaves you.

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What people are saying about The Perfection Paradox

“Perfectionism seems to be not so much a desire for excellence as it is the fear of inadequacy showing up as procrastination. In The Perfection Paradox Jeff uses his own experiences to guide us from hiding behind perfectionism to the freedom of a life that is rich with meaningful accomplishments and relationships.”

Dan Miller, New York Times bestselling author of 48 Days to the Work You Love, host of the 48 Days Podcast

“How do we enjoy the benefits of perfectionism without the negative side effects? It’s a question so many of us struggle with. Jeff’s book provides a practical, realistic pathway to get there – to ‘live inside the paradox.’”

Jerod Morris, Chief Creative Thinker for THINKERS Notebook

“Perfection is not what it seems, in fact, it is just the opposite. In The Perfection Paradox, Jeffrey A. Kramer uses a lifetime of examples to paint a clear and powerful picture of the damaging impacts of perfectionism on work and life. Fortunately for him, and for us, he also shares simple and actionable steps to escape from the prison of perfection.”

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times bestselling author of What Got You Here Won’t Get You There and Triggers, World’s #1 Executive Coach, and Harvard Business Review’s World’s #1 Leadership Thinker

“Who would have thought that perfection could actually prevent excellence by inducing a paralyzing fear of failure, and creating a habit of negativity, distraction and procrastination? Indeed, that is the contradiction Jeffrey A. Kramer explores in his book The Perfection Paradox. If you are finding that being a perfectionist has its dark side, this book can help you explore and conquer the harmful side of perfect and find a rewarding path to excellence for yourself and those around you.”

Elizabeth McCormick, former US Army Black Hawk Pilot, #5 on the list of Leadership Experts to follow online, author of The PILOT Method

The Perfection Paradox allows everyone to recognize themselves somewhere in this book. Jeff distills the struggles with perfection that prevent even the most talented person from realizing their full potential. This book is thought provoking, insightful and rich with ideas.”

Laura Dillingham, Executive Strategic Partner at HPISolutions

“Perfection is far from the good thing it masquerades as. In The Perfection Paradox Jeff shows us how it’s possible to recognize and escape from this crippling deception. He provides a proven process to find clarity and experience a life of freedom.”

Kary Oberbrunner, CEO of Igniting Souls, author of Unhackable

“This book does what all great books do. It makes you want to turn the page. As a recovering perfectionist, I have many years of recovery behind me. However, Jeff’s heartfelt, transparent message raised my awareness relative to some things I still needed to address. As a result, I took immediate action and made a few adjustments that brought me a bit more internal peace. Thank you, sir!”

Mack Story, Leadership Speaker and Trainer, author of the Blue-Collar Leadership® Series

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About the author

Meet Jeffrey A. Kramer

An author, coach and speaker, Jeff helps individuals and organizations Break the C.O.D.E. to Unhackability in Work, Life, and Play by Clarifying their Calling, Overcoming their Obstacles, Defining their Direction, and Escaping to Excellence so they transform into Ascending Leaders who are encouraged, equipped and empowered to rise to new heights of success.

Jeff and his wife Sharon live in Arizona, where they share four amazing daughters and a love of the desert southwest.

Jeff donates 10% of all profits from sales of The Perfection Paradox to Folds of Honor, an organization that provides educational scholarships to the spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members.

Take a deeper dive into your Paradox

Find your Perfection Profile

Take this short 10 question quiz to explore the ways perfectionism may be showing up in your life, and discover your Perfection Profile.  Click on the image above to get started.

Escape to Excellence

If perfection paralysis has kept you from accomplishing all you want in life, damaged your relationships, or left you feeling unworthy, then it’s time for you to Escape to Excellence!


Become a Certified Coach

Change Lives

Have you had enough of perfectionism in your own life, and you’re ready to help others experience the same breakthroughs as you?  Maybe becoming a certified Perfection Paradox coach is right for you.  Click on the image above to learn more.


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