Rashida Jones Opens Up On Accepting Failure & Imperfection in 'Wired'
Here’s what the 39-year-old actress had to share with the mag:
On managing her crazy schedule: “I get distracted. I’m in the middle of an email—a work email—and suddenly I’m online looking at a Pinterest board of remodeled farmhouses or an article on Hillary 2016 or a video on Funny or Die, none of which is getting me any closer to replying to hundreds of unanswered emails or finishing a draft for a deadline that has come and gone.”
On how she deals with stress: The first one seems to be self-discipline. My writing partner, Will McCormack, implements a no-phones-for-an-hour rule. The other thing I’m working on is being willing to accept failure, whether it’s a failure to get a TV show made or a failure to reply to a midnight email. Failure and risk are inherent parts of any real work. But there’s a lot of fear of failing. (And yes, it is harder for women. Men’s failures are not tied to their gender in the same way; that’s just a truth.) Even though my instinct is to feel the shame associated with failure, I am finding ways to be OK with failing and being imperfect.”
On finding happiness at work: “If your happiness depends on selling your company, snagging one perfect job, finishing the design for your perfect living room, you’ll never actually achieve it. And now that work and life have merged together, it’s doubly important to remember that you deserve to be happy all the time.”
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