The Neuroscience of Effort

Jonah Lehrer, writing for Wired:

At any given moment, there is a tug of war unfolding in our head, determining whether or not we’re willing to put in the effort. […]

It doesn’t matter if we’re engaging in deliberate practice or studying algebra – the most necessary activities are often the least pleasant. Furthermore, success requires that people learn how to exert effort for extended periods of time, engaging in 10,000 hours of practice (+/- 5000 hours), suffering through 12 years of school and going through draft after draft. There are no shortcuts: even those blessed with raw talent still need to stay on task. Practice is never optional.

It’s soooo easy to get distracted from work. It’s like death and taxes.

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