How to Be a Better Learner
Challenge Yourself, But Not Too Much
Marcus refers to this as the Goldilocks principle: If a task is too easy, you won’t build knowledge or skills. If it’s too tough, you may get frustrated and quit. So aim for what’s just right: a sweet spot of difficulty that experts call “the zone of proximal development.” The idea is to keep pushing yourself, but not so hard that you get stuck. “The makers of video games understand this principle well,” says Marcus. “The next level is harder but not impossible, so it makes you want to keep going.”
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