The trade off between comfort and learning

Which experiences have taught you the most? Were they periods where you coasted along? Or did you struggle through them?

The stoic teacher Epictetus mentioned how a session of stoicism ought to feel uncomfortable. He likened it to a medicine – bitter, but beneficial.

Two millennia later, science backs up the ancient philosopher’s claims. Psychologists call this deliberate practice – practice that is uncomfortable and stressful, but productive.

Comfort and learning do not mix very well. Where one is present, the other is often missing.

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