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Scabs

As a kid (and maaaybe now as an adult), I would love to pick at my scabs.

Gross, I know.  But there’s something incredibly pleasurable about picking at the itchy, taut new skin trying to form under the hard, crust of dried blood.  

When you pick off a scab too early, you open the wound and begin to bleed again, and the process basically has to start over. It’s not a good idea if you want to heal quickly.

Where else might you forgo short-term wins for long-term success?

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