“Today’s cult of convenience fails to acknowledge that difficulty is a constitutive feature of human experience. Convenience is all destination and no journey. But climbing a mountain is different from taking the tram to the top, even if you end up at the same place. We are becoming people who care mainly or only about outcomes. We are at risk of making most of our life experiences a series of trolley rides”. Tim Wu
There has been a lot of research about the next generation of “bubble wrapped kids” who have not developed their struggle muscle, and are set up for a host of addictions and mental health issues. This is because they are not able to tolerate discomfort, failure and frustration over a period of time.
Discovering how we deal with difficulty and frustration builds character, it pushes us to reach for our own creative solutions, and our own uniqueness.
Such activities strengthen our ability to be uncomfortable and still work for what we value. There is a joy in doing something slow and something difficult, the satisfaction of not doing what is the easiest.
Like Amazon’s Jeff Basso says, “slow is smooth, and smooth is fast”.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this…..