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Perfectionism – Part 2 | Episode 49

If you watched Sesame Street in the 1970’s and 80’s, you might recall a wild-haired musical genius muppet named Don Music. Or maybe you don’t. Producers stopped airing his segments after learning that little Gen-Xers were emulating the tortured artist’s tantrums, which involved wailing, sobbing, and — most alarmingly — throwing his head onto the piano keys.

I agree that Don’s head-banging histrionics didn’t set the best example for kids, but let’s also remember that this was an era when children biked and roller-skated helmetless and no one blinked an eye. And, when viewed as lessons for adults, the Don Music segments are, in my opinion, a brilliantly hilarious depiction of perfectionism at its worst.

For more on why I love Don Music (and, especially, his interactions with Kermit the Frog) and what those segments can teach us about taming toxic perfectionism, I invite you to listen to today’s podcast episode. Then, click on the links below to learn more to watch the artiste in action. Finally, ask yourself: How can you summon your inner Kermit the Frog when perfectionism rears its head? In the meantime, I advise wearing a helmet.




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Stephanie created Beautiful Baggage to share her love of travel and exploration and to inspire others to enjoy the benefits of cultivating an adventurous spirit. If you enjoy this podcast, please leave a five-star review on your favorite podcast platform so that others will be able to find it and share!


  1. Moira Taylor on 02/22/2021 at 8:19 PM

    Thanks Stephanie I enjoyed listening to both podcasts – and enjoyed watching the Muffets brought back quite a few memories of the lads growing up in California ages 5 – 3.

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