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Why Trying Too Hard Can Backfire

Sometimes letting go is the best way to succeed

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Ask a successful person what got them to where they are, and you’ll probably hear some version of: “A lot of hard work.”

It’s an answer that makes intuitive sense. I’m sure you can think of examples where you believe you failed because you didn’t try hard enough. In any endeavor, effort is certainly…

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Herbert Lui

Herbert Lui

Covering creativity for professionals, hobbyists, and the rest of us. Author of ‘Creative Doing.’ (May 16, 2022). Pre-order:

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