Yeardley Smith on Lisa Simpson, Perfectionism & Letting Go of Control


How do you let go of your need for perfection and control? Yeardley Smith, Emmy Award winning actress, novelist, podcast host and producer has played the iconic role of Lisa Simpson for over 30 years. But even with all the success she still has the same negative thoughts and anxieties that we all experience. She shares how to deal with disappointment, how to free yourself from other people’s judgment, and why we need to tell the stories that would otherwise go unheard.

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  1. Don’t be attached to your vision of your success and let that be the one and only way you’ll achieve it. Stay nimble.
  2. You don’t have to be fearless. Have an overabundance of courage.
  3. When you make a choice, make the choice. Don’t back out of it. Lean into the decision and commit to it.
  4. Listen to the whisper. Do the thing that speaks to you.
  5. Everyone has a story.
  6. Screw it, let’s do it.
  7. You have to play the long game.
  8. You don’t always have to lead. You can trust and let someone else be in charge.


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