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When obstacles become opportunities to work better, writes Tim Harford

A shock can prompt us to find new and better ways to live our lives, both individually and collectively, writes Tim Harford.

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When obstacles become opportunities to work better, writes Tim Harford

Loyal readers will know my fascination with Keith Jarrett’s unplayable piano. In 1975, the jazz pianist was prevailed upon — against his better judgment — to take the stage in front of a large audience at the Cologne opera house. Thanks to a mix-up, Jarrett was forced to play on a beaten-up rehearsal piano. He nevertheless produced a magical performance and a live album that sold millions. It is a memorable example of the way that obstacles can produce a...

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