by Jen Chau
The other day in my quantitative analysis class, we were working on standard deviation problems. My professor introduced two equations, with one being the obviously more complicated. Of course, everyone wanted to use the easier, so my professor said this -- "If something is too difficult for you, it's exactly what you need."
Isn't this true? And *need*...meaning, sure, we can live without it, but in order to actually improve ourselves, we need to be challenged. I can look back at various moments in my life where I needed to do what was difficult in order to grow. Many times we take the easier, most comfortable way. What do we learn then? Do we ever get to visit different possibilities or see things from a different angle if we always pick what is comfortable and familiar?