Bestseller “The 110 Percent Lie” in FAZ, ZEIT, WELT & Co

My bestseller “The 110 Percent Lie” was discussed in FAZ, ZEIT, WELT: and achieved several bestseller placements on Amazon and in the press. An overview.



I was recently from ZEIT ONLINE once again interviewed. Here is an excerpt from the page:

Interview and quote

In an interview with me ZEIT ONLINE: my blog at 11.9.2012 Best of HR –® referred to as one of the most read blogs on the subject of occupation, education and career in Germany. ZEIT ONLINE writes:

“Simone Janson is a journalist, blogger and author of numerous professional guides, including The 110% lie and 30 Opportunities for Start-ups, She also runs the blog, which is one of the most widely read blogs on the subject of work, education and careers in Germany. "


Furthermore appeared ZEIT ONLINE an interview, which my colleague Sophie Schimansky has led with me on the subject of time management and work organization - and that is one of the most widely read contributions ZEIT ONLINE for a trip to the Winterlude.

In the interview, I tell you which time management techniques and work tools help, why perfectionism is more of a problem and how to manage not to be available all the time and everywhere. Sophie Schimansky published an article on the subject yesterday Conclusion with poor scheduling


For me, the interest in this topic shows how many people, especially in the age of social media, have a problem with their constant availability. On March 06, 2010, in the career supplement on page 2 of the Welt, these five tips against perfectionism were published, based on my book The 110% Lie.


In the Salzburg night studio of the ORF, on OE1, Ulrike Schmitzer now deals with the subject of perfectionism. Simone Janson.

NEON interviewed me about perfectionism: The 80 percent principle


For the current NEON, my colleague Jakob Schrenk interviewed me on the subject of “perfectionism”. My tip against chronic revision: Simply lower your personal bar a little bit.

Schrenk has made the topic a nice self-report. His conclusion at the end of his text, which can be found on the pages 92-94 of NEON, Mai 2014:
“The best way to learn to let go is to do it. I wrote this text in 10 hours and 31 minutes. I would normally have taken four days. I also admit that I have only half read Simone Janson's book. Then I felt that I understood the message ”.

The 110% lie beats waves - even after 7 years

My book The 110% Lie. How you can achieve more with less perfection caused quite a stir in the media when it was published in 2009, and it continues to this day:

TV and radio appearances, top 300 placement on Amazon, reviews and interviews in media such as ZEIT, FAZ or Süddeutsche Zeitung.

The interviews in the Süddeutschen and career bible, the press reports in Petra and various other newspapers are clearly showing success: My book “The 110% Lie” has currently fallen to Amazon sales rank 494, ie below the magical 500 mark and is therefore selling extremely well. Again someone says that two years of work on a book is not worth it!

Top news: Book sold out on Amazon: My book “The 110% Lie” is practically sold out less than a month after it was published on Amazon. There is only one copy left. It is currently at sales rank 449.

Wirtschaftswoche on perfectionism & my bestseller “The 110% lie”: “Feler frei”

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Jochen Mai wrote an extensive article on the topic of perfectionism and error culture in Wirtschaftswoche 33/2011, pages 116-120, which offers a very good overview of all the disadvantages of this peculiarity - and the current book publications on this trend topic, which is mine Bestseller “The 110% Lie” started, picks up on it again. He quoted me on page 120 about this.

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The 110% lie in the Financial Times

Ambitious, hardworking, dutiful and yet perfectionists are often not promoted. This is because they are incapable of criticism, just tackling the problems rather than tackling them. Petra Oberhofer wrote an article in the Financial Times Deutschland on perfectionism based on my book “Die 110%-Lügen”.

Podcast and competition on the topic of perfectionism: The limits of accuracy

An article by me on the subject of perfectionism appeared in an issue of Manager Seminars magazine. In addition, the magazine is currently conducting a survey on its website as to whether professional perfectionism is really a disadvantage or not. The prize is three book vouchers, with which you can buy my book “The 110% Lie”, among other things. At the same time there is advance notice of my article, which will be published in the Managerseminare magazine from May 2009.


My book theses at a glance

In the magazine managerSeminare my contribution “The Limits of Accuracy” about perfectionism in companies and perfection as a career trap was the cover story. Appropriately, this podcast on the subject of perfectionism was spoken, which I am now making available to my readers here.

The audio text is a summary of my perfectionism theses from my book "The 110% lie".

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Good is not good enough, it has to be perfect. For the most part, perfection is the yardstick by which the job is measured. But that is changing. Because the trend in companies is towards more pragmatism, away from perfectionism.

The main reasons: It is increasingly recognized that striving for perfection is, first, extremely inefficient, and secondly easy to fall into a career.

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Interview in the Salzburg night studio

Today I have a radio report from my colleague Ulrike Schmitzer in the ORF Salzburg night studio:

At 21 p.m. tonight, the show will be the topic here An attractive vice. The perfectionism and its consequences aired for which I was interviewed in December.

Perfectionism as a positive vice?

The subject of perfectionism is a positive vice: Perfectionism has a reputation for positive vice because it is seen as a sign that someone is working exactly. The perfectionist works precisely, but he is not really interested in the work well done. Fear drives him. He is terrified of doing something wrong and being questioned as a result. Perfectionists cannot stand criticism at all, they then immediately feel completely worthless. Above all, they define themselves through their performance and the appreciation they receive for it.


Have fun listening! Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere was the name of a book years ago that has now become a household word. Actually, one could also say: Heaven can wait.


Because in the April issue, which was also the first issue of the newly launched women's magazine Women's Health, this interview with me appeared on page 48. In it I tell you again why excessive perfectionism is such a big problem and what you can do about it. The whole thing belongs to an article called Bad Girls Live Longer !. In issue no. 48/2010 of the TV magazine Gong, which at least has a circulation of 700.000, my colleague Sabine Hildebrandt-Woeckel wrote a large article on the subject of perfectionism, including a psycho test:

On four pages (16-19) she talks about the daily problems of perfectionists and how to stop them with simple means. Under 5 and 6, I give on page 18 as an expert tips on how to manage your time properly in order to work more effectively and successfully set priorities. Thank you for taking this important issue back from the press.

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I find it interesting that my book The 110% Lie. How you can achieve more with less perfection is also received abroad, where perfectionism is considered a purely German cliché, even in countries where I would not have expected that there would be an interest in this topic. So my book has so far been translated into Czech and Dutch, and there could also be a Chinese translation.


The Russians are interested in perfectionism

And, I was even more astonished, also in Russia, one is interested in the topic, because time management is also an increasing problem in the big cities, as the moderator told me.

That is why the Russian department of Deutsche Welle made two audio and one online articles on the topic, all in Russian, of course, and my quotes were translated into Russian on the radio. You can find all of this on the Deutsche Welle website, although the radio reports are unfortunately hidden at the bottom of the page.

If you do not speak Russian like me, you can use the Google Translator for an approximate translation. Because it is quite funny what is written in other languages.

Perfectionism - typical German?

While the translation reveals surprising: What the feet should, I have not understood, but the text is mainly about the fact that the Germans abroad are often seen as the great perfectionists, a stereotype that Germans probably do not even so awareness. However, I can confirm this impression from different experiences: Germany is surprisingly often still as the country, in which everything works perfectly.

To consider a change in this regard, of all things, in the Love Parade accident, I think is somewhat exaggerated. You could have found better and less sensational examples here, but well, that's how it is in the media, a current hanger is always selling better! But does it really say that perfectionism is a national brand? Interesting wording ...

Aliens on Facebook

In case anyone wants to know what's up with the aliens on Facebook is about: In the interview, one of my examples was that the job (and not perfectionism!) has a big role in everyday German life was the situation at Facebook meeting old friends again after 10 or 15 years.

While people from other countries almost always ask: Well, WHERE are you, Germans in the plural ask: And, WHAT are you doing? One thing that has really struck me with frightening regularity. Unfortunately, some clichés seem to be true after all... right? My colleague Annika Wind, who as culture editor at Mannheimer Morgen is also responsible for books, has something to say about my book The 110% Lie. How you can achieve more with less perfection in this successful short review. In doing so, she worked out the core statements very well in a nutshell:


SWR and Saarländischer Rundfunk

Being kind doesn't mean always having to accept everything. And if you want to be successful, you have to take risks and not fear mistakes. At least that's what journalist Simone Janson thinks, who has written a really good non-fiction book about false perfectionism in everyday work. Thanks a lot for this!


To match my TV appearance on the 27.04.2010 and 29.10.2010 on EinsPlus, the SWR today featured the article about my 110% lie on the start site. The question is: Career leader or Hamsterrad?

Committed, hardworking, flawless - the magic formula for success? In fact, over-fulfilling our tasks on the job usually doesn't get us any further. On the contrary: perfectionists often stand in their own way. But it doesn't have to be, because you can get used to excessive perfectionism.

So begins the article about my book The 110% Lie, which is published today on the Launch site of the SWR is featured. The article, including the perfectionism self-test, is the accompanying program for the live TV talk show, in which I will appear as a guest today at 20.15 p.m. What I'm particularly happy about: My book The 110% Lie. How you can achieve more with less perfection was selected by getAbstract as the book recommendation of the week. Many thanks to the editors!


This interview with me on the subject of my book The 110% Lie appeared in the employee magazine SR homepage of the Saarländischer Rundfunk.



In essence, the FAZ-Hochschulanzeiger writes in its issue No. 104 of October 2009 on p. 72 that it is extremely worth reading. I cannot leave that uncommented.


FAZ Hochschulanzeiger: The quote

A provocative assertion that is more true than you might think at first. But unfortunately, Janson pastes too many pages full of talkative and unrealistic Simplify tips, but the core of the 110% lie remains extremely readable.

Apparently, the author of these lines did not read the book all over, otherwise he or she would have noticed that the entire third chapter is against the Simplify trend - also in my interview on Career Bible.

What readers find good

The supposedly talkative, unrealistic tips, however, quite a lot of people find quite useful, such as Mark Letter in his Amazon Review:

I particularly liked the exercises, in which each chapter can be tested, and techniques can be shown which allow the tips to be implemented in reality!

About taste can be argued

But about taste can be argued yes, or not ..

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I am now still wondering whether I am risking a warning from the FAZ again with the above lines. Because this is one of those newspapers that on the one hand have their free buy-out contracts signed, with which the FAZ surrenders all of their rights, but on the other hand earns a lot from the texts by providing even the smallest scraps of text for everyone that you want to put on your side and demand hefty prices, also for reviews of your own books. Bestseller ranking: In the Austrian business paper, issue no. 7 of Friday, October 23.10.2009, 26, page 110, my book The 4% Lie is currently in fourth place in the business book ranking.


In the current November issue of the business magazine Impulse - Das Unternehmer-Magazin is my book The 110% Lie. How you can achieve more with less perfection in 7th place.

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In the last edition of the magazine managerSeminare, published on 20. May, my contribution to the subject of perfectionism in business and perfection as a career was the title story:

Good is not good enough, it has to be perfect. Most of the time, perfection is the yardstick by which the job is measured. But that's changing right now, says Simone Janson. According to you, the trend in companies is towards more pragmatism, away from perfectionism. The main reasons: It is increasingly recognized that striving for perfection is firstly extremely inefficient, and secondly that it can easily become a career trap. On the 09. In May this interview with me was published in the Flensburger Tageblatt:


The pursuit of high performance and perfectionism have a negative impact on careers, claims journalist Simone Janson in her new book The 110% Lie. How to achieve more with less perfection. We talked to her about it.

Ms. Janson, why shouldn't perfectionism lead to better performance?

Many perfectionists fail to finish their tasks on time because they never find the results good enough. Some even never get finished. And what's even worse: Such people not only have exaggerated demands on themselves, but also on others.

When do you have to call yourself perfectionists?

Perfectionists often do not act out of healthy, positive motivation, but out of uncertainty: They feel compelled to do everything particularly well and correctly because they fear negative consequences. Perfectionists brood a lot, like to postpone decisions, are over-sensitive to criticism and pressure, or fail to say no.

Shall we all be sloppy and chaotic?

Interestingly, excessive perfectionism can also lead to chaos - namely, when you keep putting off tasks or decisions because everything should be perfect. If I always put all the documents in the filing, because I think I might need it again, and then at some point sort everything really well, that's also a form of perfectionist control addiction - but one that soon means that I won't be anymore perspectives. If, on the other hand, I let go, tidy up straight away and risk throwing things away that I might still need, that doesn't happen.

They demand: only achieve 80 percent performance instead of 100. How should that work?

Studies show: 80 percent actually bring more than the absolute optimum in many cases. Because nobody manages to always give 100 percent - if not for lack of time. Anyone who tries this is soon so stressed that they automatically make mistakes and work sloppily. This is called distress. Swiss researchers have found that distress even blocks our memory. Then clear thinking is difficult, motivation suffers and you often only complete one compulsory program. So it's not at all productive to overwhelm yourself like that.

That is why perfectionism is not good for the career?

Well, of course, the desire to do everything right can first be good for your career: You are then considered to be willing to perform, reliable and dependable. And bosses certainly appreciate such moves too. However, studies show that people with typically perfectionist behaviors, i.e. the nervous type who constantly stressed out trying to get everything right, are mainly to be found in the middle management floor. Most of the time, these people are relatively insecure and do not perform at their best because they enjoy their work, but rather because they fear the consequences. And since you are never completely satisfied with yourself, you are selling yourself correspondingly badly. That seems anything but sovereign. In top positions you will find more relaxed natures.

The book The 110% Lie. How you can achieve more with less perfection has been published by Redline Verlag and costs 17,90 euros. ISBN: 978? 3? 86881? 027? 1 For the Schweizer Zeitung Sonntag, the business journalist Karin Kofler made this interview with me my theses on perfectionism, which was published on April 26.04.09th, XNUMX. You were the first to address the apparent discrepancy between my demand to work less and the current economic situation, in which people actually work more out of fear, by asking me whether my statements were not sarcastic, especially in times of recession . To anticipate the answer: No, it is not, because less work does not always mean less performance, that is precisely the mistake. But read for yourself:


My book is really well received in Austria: On March 28, 2009, the Tiroler Tageszeitung also published an extensive article on my book The 110% Lie. How you can do more with less perfection published:


A very nice and detailed article about my book was written by Andrea Möchel in the Austrian Business Journal. She is above all concerned with the fact that perfectionism is a hindrance for her career. To read the article, you can view the images enlarged in the browser. The article can also be found online here:


A multi-page article on the subject of perfectionism was published in the March issue of the women's magazine Petra. The starting point for this post was the publication of my book The 110% Lie. My colleague Wiebke Borcholte conducted a very detailed interview with me and quoted me several times in the article. If you want to read the article, please enlarge it in the browser.


My work is getting better known - even abroad: Last week I received the request for the career editorial department of a large Austrian daily newspaper.


They wanted to make a contribution about me and the subject of perfectionism, so of course I was happy to say yes. The result: a nice post with a portrait photo and a followed backlink on my page, both in the print and online edition of Kurier. The article was published on January 10.01.2009, XNUMX.

Publication on the subject of perfectionism in In the January issue of Men's Health magazine, this article appeared on page 2008 in 100 about time management tips for men in the job - and how men make themselves less stressful. Because: Men are perfectionists too!


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For example, the article written by Simone Janson Perfectionism: mistakes, taboos and stairsteppers on now set to music.

And Best of HR –®-Author Heinz Jiranek was published with his book "Klug doubt", published by Business Village, especially in Hamburger Abendblatt cited.

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