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Have you ever seen someone who’s just trying too hard?

It happens all the time, whether it’s someone trying too hard to find a new romantic partner, or trying too hard to do something they just can’t do.

Some people would refer to these qualities as “ambitious,” or “determined.” We prefer to call them “unhealthy.”

See, it turns out these overdoses of effort aren’t actually a good thing, at least according to many fitness gurus and work-life-balance coaches. Giving 100 per cent all the time is stressing us out, and that needs to stop. So we’ve rounded up videos of people giving it their all and failing, while coupling them with main points from this interesting research. Trust us, you’ll never give a damn again.

Leo Babauta, author of The Power of Less and creator of ZenHabits.net, recommends adopting the notion of “haiku productivity,” which basically means setting limits on everyday tasks (just as a haiku has a limit of 17 syllables). Doing this forces people to evaluate what’s actually important, and put the focus where it belongs. Here is someone who is clearly living within those limits:


Now here is someone who clearly forgot to set any form of limit on what they do, resulting in disaster. See what giving 100 per cent does? Nothing good, people:


Research has shown that employees tend to be unproductive at least 30 per cent of the time. So even if you are “giving 100 per cent,”you’ll eventually crash and only give 70 anyway. You know what happens with unproductive workers? They waste time doing unproductive things, like making a broken ketchup-shooting contraption that nobody asked for. Observe:


Don’t forget to take breaks and disconnect from the internet, either. You might think you’re doing your career a favour by giving it your all everyday and always answering those emails. But a UBC study found that workers who are allowed to only check their email up to 3 times per day experienced significantly lower stress levels than their on-the-ball counterparts. Keep up the 100, and you could start looking like this:


Now last, but certainly not least, is a man who went over the moon trying to create the perfect proposal for his girlfriend. His plan: Rent a crane, use it to hoist himself in front of her window as she slept, and then serenade her with a song before popping the big question. The result? Six people are now homeless after the crane smashed into the home. Just another reason to reach for the middle, folks: