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In Life Which Would You Prefer A Narrow Win Or A Near Miss? - Harvard

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What if you could choose one of two possible outcomes: a narrow win (you just beat your closest competitor) or a near miss (you were this close but didn’t make the cut). Which would you prefer? Most of us would choose to be the winner.
Yet recent research shows the right choice may not be as simple as it appears. Researchers examined more than 1000 early-career scientists in the U.S. who had narrowly won or just missed winning a key grant and found that, in the longer run, the near-miss researchers ended up producing higher-impact work, on average, than their narrow-win peers.

The takeaway? No matter what your profession is and how much you excel at your job, it’s safe to assume that at some point, things won’t turn out the way you’d like. And when that happens, there are reasons to be optimistic. Yes, you’ll need to put in the time and effort to incorporate feedback and strengthen your approach. But good things may await those who persevere and stay the course.

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