The French have a phrase for it. "Reculer pour mieux sauter": to step backward for a better run-up.

Once you've clambered up the learning curve, the easy terrain of the plateau is a blessed relief. But look closely and you may see another summit in the distance. If you want to reach it, you'll have to climb down first.

Sometimes the best option is to throw away what's made you successful. Your next ascent may be more punishing and even risky, but that adrenaline hit is intoxicating.

Dive Deeper

If you want to know more about the Pastry Box Project, you can read about the genesis (and goals) of the project.

Swim In The Stream

A stream of all the thoughts published on the Pastry Box Project is available. Keep it open somewhere, and lose yourself in it whenever you feel like it.

Meet Your Host

There are not only pieces of software talking to each other behind this website. There is a human, too. The Pastry Box is brought to you by Alex Duloz.

Stay Tuned

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