Growing through challenge

In a recent TED Talk by Tim Harford  about how frustrating situations often make us come up with the most creative solutions, Harford cites a series of examples and experiments where people had been faced with tasks of varying difficulty.

In one study, two groups of students received the same set of exercises with one small difference: While one group’s sheet was written in an easy-to-read font, the other’s had a much more difficult font.

Although faced with an additional challenge and thus taking longer to complete the task, the second group scored much higher than the first. Let me rephrase that because these students were under more difficult circumstances as they had been forced to really engage their minds and think harder, and therefore ended up with better results.

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