Hello everyone and welcome to “Macarons with Karine.”
The idea of this column is to bring to the CAREhER community a new external lens by curating content and selecting relevant readings from current affairs, technology, lifestyle, fashion, well-being…
In this week’s edition, we will cover why sometimes perfection can be the enemy, the Female representation in the Gaming Industry, and finally my recommendations for this week!
Perfect is the enemy 完美是我們的敵人
In a job interview, we are often asked what our biggest flaw is, and according to popular advice, we should never respond “perfectionist”. It would actually be interesting to ask ourselves why perfectionism can be our enemy. Why it can slow us down or even lead to serious anxiety disorder.
Perfectionism can be draining for yourself but also for your colleagues: you can waste time on relatively unimportant decisions and, because you expect others to align to your standards, you end up making collaboration more difficult.
- “Setting high standards and aiming for excellence can be positive traits, but perfectionism is dysfunctional”
- Perfectionism is now a growing cultural phenomenon, fueled by modern parenting and social media and an increasingly competitive economy…
- The constant stress of striving to be perfect can also leave people fatigued, stressed and suffering from headaches and insomnia.
- Perfectionism comes in three common flavors — “self-oriented,” where someone demands perfection from themselves; “other-oriented,” where they demand perfection from others around them (like spouses, co-workers or friends), and “socially prescribed” perfectionism, where the person feels external pressure from the larger world and society to be perfect.
- “If you need to be right before you move, you will lose. Speed trumps perfection. Perfection is the enemy of good when it comes to emergency management.”
- Since perfectionism and indecision often go hand in hand, Dr. Schwartz said your first step should be moving from a mind-set that “only the best will do” to “good enough is good enough.”
Food for thought 啟發
Female representation in the Gaming industry
When we think about video games and esports, we often picture it as a masculine pursuit – either we look at a e-sport competition audience or at the profiles of game developers. However, in recent years, female gamers have been on the rise especially in Asia, and it looks like female representation in the industry is growing as well.
Google has recently launched a new series of insights in partnership with Niko Partners, on Asia’s $70B gaming market. In this 4-part report, you will find a comprehensive guide that highlights new developments, intriguing trends, and untapped markets on the rise. The first edition is about key ways to engage one of Asia’s fastest-growing gaming audiences, female gamers: Female audience has been a huge catalyst for growth in the industry in the past years, and this in every one of Asia’s key markets. However, despite this significant evolution, women are still underrepresented within the industry.
- For 2019, the numbers of female gamers had grown to 38% of the 1.33bn global gaming population.
- But for Asia, the proportion of female gamers is much higher. In China, they now account for 45%, while for South Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia the figure is 40%
- There are a number of factors that are contributing to this rise, with storylines becoming more inclusive and connectivity improving across the region.
- Mobile has become the most popular platform among female gamers by far.
- Female gamers are unique in how long they stay wired into their favorite games. In our 2019 survey, we found that 60% of female gamers spend up to seven hours per week playing.
- The nature of the programmes and games that are studied can have a big impact on a student’s enjoyment of the course. “Being surrounded by people who were passionate about hardcore and AAA [blockbuster] games definitely made me question whether I counted as a ‘gamer’,”
- Games themselves can also play a role in challenging the biases that hold women back from considering the industry as a valid career choice, starting with portraying them in a way that doesn’t play into offensive stereotypes.
Some recommendations to start the holiday season!
I was recently looking for a feel-good movie on Netflix and found “The Blind Side”. It is a blockbuster from the 2020s and Sandra Bullock won the Oscar for her role as Leigh Anne Tuohy. For the little story, Sandra Bullock had been offered the role a handful of times. She initially kept rejecting it because she believed she could not play the part of a devout Christian woman.
Apparently Taipei records the second hottest temperature in 123 years this month…
Let’s take a break from hot pot and beef noodles and try to make a refreshing greek salad with grilled halloumi! Very easy to prepare and the cheese can be easily found in Taipei.
To go further on the topic of perfectionism, I recommend this podcast from HBR. It is one of the episodes from the series “Women at Work” – with an interview of Alice Boyes, a former clinical psychologist, author of The Healthy Mind Toolkit and The Anxiety Toolkit.
現在吃火鍋和牛肉麵真的太熱了，試著做清爽的希臘沙拉配上grilled halloumi （希臘起司的一種）吧！沙拉的製作過程相當的簡單，需要用到的起司也能在台北輕鬆找到。