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Getting Through Getting Stuck

If you’ve never heard of Cal Newport or his blog Study Hacks, I’ll happily be the first to introduce you.

Cal is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, and has written a number of books, most of which are completely worth your time to read.

His latest post deals with working through “getting stuck” – a problem which manifests itself in various ways, like writer’s block or simply the frustration of not being able to solve a problem.

He presents a pretty solid point within, that I think you should read and contemplate.  Sometimes the work we do is very difficult, but there is usually incredible rewards for those who persist even when there is no clear direction in which to persist.  You may have no idea where to go or what to do, but you keep working towards the goal anyway.

In essence, sometimes it’s better to just accept that you’re going to get stuck, and keep going in spite of that.  This “war of attrition” advice is has played a very large part of where I’ve been successful in my career.

Go take a look at what Cal has to say – I promise it’s worth your time.

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