I played a game called Bananagrams with some friends. It’s like Scrabble but without the board. Players receive 21 tiles, each displaying an individual letter. The goal is to be the first to use all your tiles by building a crossword of connecting words. If you’re unable to form a word with your letters, you pick up additioinal tiles.
About 15 minutes into the game, I was stuck. I had built a crossword I’d grown fond of, but it wasn’t accommodating my letters or any of the new ones I collected. Because I was resistant to starting over, I continued like this for several more rounds before I could accept I couldn’t build anything new on the existing foundation.
When I gave in and disassembled what I’d created, an entirely new, more flexible crossword emerged. By the time the winner laid down his last tiles, I’d nearly used all of mine.
If I had been willing to knock it all down and start again earlier, I could have won the game.