Julian Reeve is a former music director of the Broadway musical Hamilton turned perfectionism contributor, speaker, and author of Captain Perfection & the Secret of Self-Compassion: A Self-Help Book for the Young Perfectionist. Julian was just 43 years old when he suffered a heart attack after conducting a performance of the Broadway musical Hamilton in San Francisco.
Work with a psychologist would identify his maladaptive perfectionism and years of questionable lifestyle choices associated with it as the root cause. Now, after extensive research and a TEDx Talk on the subject, he empowers perfectionists to live healthier lives by adopting a growth mindset and using self-compassion to manage their perfectionistic traits. Julian doesn’t endorse ‘overcoming’ perfectionism; the adaptive parts of it deliver too much to let go of. Instead, he promotes a better understanding of how it affects us so we can manage it in healthier ways.