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All Hail The Late Bloomers - Boston Globe - November 18, 2021

In their study, published in September, the researchers found that hot streaks typically involve a sequence of exploration followed by exploitation. Neither phase works in isolation.

This means we need time to investigate, deliberate — maybe even meander — before we flourish. Exploration can feel disconcerting. What am I doing? What will this lead to? Wang says we need to reframe our thinking. “If you’re in a period where you’re not really going anywhere, maybe that’s the period where you’re generating a lot of new possibilities, trying out new things,” he says. “What if that period is necessary for your later success?”